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2013 Red River Clean Up

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From an old vacuum cleaner to underwear, you'll be surprised what the 4th Annul Red River Clean Up pulled from the water. Smelly, wet mounds of trash litters the river and its banks. Clean up organizers and sponsors say it makes our area aesthetically unpleasing and is a danger to wildlife.

"Most of the material isn't biodegradable," Sandy Roerig, a volunteer and Ozark Society member, said. "So, the plastic, the Styrofoam, the cigarette butts will be there forever, unless we pick them up."

Roerig and several others have picked up pounds of trash. She says while it seems more people volunteer to clean, several still litter.

"I'm not sure people have been educated enough not to trash it yet in the first place," Roerig said. "That's park of our, another goal of the Ozark Society is education."

Roerig says  learning not to litter should start early. Ozark tries to reach out to kids of all ages about the importance of keeping the environment clean. Roerig believes it's a habit parents should teach their children in the first place.

"I see little, bitty kids out here with their parents, which I think is wonderful," Roerig said, point out the kids that volunteered. "That's what we need to see, more kids learning like, 'I have to pick this up! So, I'm not going to throw it out in the first place!'"

For more information on how you can help clean up our area, follow this link to the Red River Clean Up's page.

 

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