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Missouri River Cleanup Nets Over One Ton Of Garbage

Friday, July 14, 2017

Over one ton of garbage was taken off of the Missouri River in the Pierre Fort/Pierre area Wednesday evening. It was part of the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up. 

This event, based out of Down’s Marina in Pierre, is held once a year. Approximately 80 volunteers, in boats and on land, picked up litter and debris on areas from below Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek and brought it back to Down’s Marina for proper disposal by the City of Pierre.

Event Co-organizer Paul Lepisto says that the clean-up effort was very successful…

(Clean Up Final 1)

Every year, it astounds Lepisto what items people dump along the river. He says this year was the same case…

(Clean Up Final 2)

Lepisto says that they found fewer tires and scrap metal this year than in previous cleanup efforts. He says that is a sign that people are starting to become more aware of their efforts…

(Clean Up Final 3)

Since 2009 nearly 18 tons of trash has been collected from Lake Sharpe. The clean-up is a partnership between the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre and many area businesses and organizations.

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