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22K Pounds of Trash Cleaned Up From Upper Neuse's Banks

Posted April 14, 2007 11:08 p.m. EDT

— The banks along the Upper Neuse River look much cleaner after volunteers picked up more than 22,000 pounds of trash Saturday.

“There's a lot less trash in the upper parts of the river,” said Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks. “A lot of the access points that were dumping grounds, we're not finding trash in those locations anymore.”

The annual effort has become the largest river cleanup in the state. More than 240 volunteers picked up about 400 bags of trash and such items as a washer and dryer, two grocery carts, a picnic table and a high chair.

The cleanup covers 50 miles of riverbank between Falls Dam in North Raleigh and Smithfield town Commons in Johnston County, along with a 12-mile stretch in downtown Kinston and sections of Crabtree Creek in Raleigh. About 200,000 in Johnston and Wake counties drink water from the Upper Neuse River.