River cleanup removes debris

Last weekend’s cleanup of a portion of the St. Joseph River yielded more than 400 pounds of debris, according to officials from the St. Joseph County Conservation District.
The 2 1/2-mile route started at River Run Road and concluded at Angevine Road in Nottawa Township.
John Nelson, a board member of the Centreville-based agency, said tires, burn barrels, bottles and cans made up the bulk of the items recovered from the water.
About 20 volunteers took part in the event, which was the third of five scheduled cleanups this summer. The next will be Aug. 20 on the Portage River, from Portage Lake public access in Mendon Township to Parkville Road.
Prospective participants are asked to reserve a spot so organizers can secure an
appropriate number of kayaks and canoes, as well as have an accurate count for lunch.
The conservation district can be reached by phoning 467-6336, ext. 5.

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