Arkansas River getting a spring cleaning this weekend

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Hundreds of volunteers expected to flock to the Arkansas River this weekend in an effort to clean it up. It's the 17th Annual Arkansas River Trash Round Up on Saturday.

It's become a tradition for city officials and resident to do some spring cleaning around the river. Wichitan, Marshall Townsend says he noticed some of the unsightly trash floating in the river. He's supportive of the clean up but says people need to take the time to find a trash can, "it definitely would be nice to be cleaned up. I mean stop dropping trash, for the ones that are littering. Pick up after yourself, please."

Press Release:

The 17th annual Arkansas River Trash Roundup will take place on May 5. The event invites volunteers to remove tons of garbage from downtown area waters, benefitting both the river and wetlands restoration efforts at Wichita's Great Plains Nature Center.

Over the past 16 years, more than 26 tons of trash has been collected, with 2017 attracting more than 750 volunteers. Registration for 2018 volunteers begins 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at 151 N. Waco (on the southwest corner of Waco and North 1st Street). The 2018 goal is to sign up more than 800 volunteers and to collect more than two tons of trash. To participate:

Please fill out waiver in advance to speed up the check-in process. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last), trash bags, gloves, and grabbers between 8:30 am and 9:00 a.m. at North 1st and Waco streets. You can find the registration waiver at:

Free transportation will be provided from the registration site to the river for the cleanup activities. After the cleanup, starting at 11:30 am, a free lunch will be served including grilled burgers from Cargill, hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages.

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