River clean-up on Saturday

About 20 volunteers, including a group of local Boy Scouts, teamed up to clear a four-mile stretch of the Prairie River Saturday.

Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Conservation District, the cleanup took place starting from the canoe park on North Clark Street in Centreville and concluding at Hoshel Canoe Park in Lockport Township.

Jen Miller, conservation district administrator, said tires, scrap metal, and bottles and cans were the primary items recovered from the river.

Miller said a discarded meth lab was also discovered, and was removed by authorized personnel from the Michigan State Police.

The next cleanup will be June 23 and focus on the east stretch of the Prairie River, starting at Middle Colon Road and ending at Needham Road. Miller said the conservation district is hoping for a large turnout of volunteers, as organizers expect to encounter a vast amount of debris.

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