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Volunteers sought for annual river cleanup

Times Observer file photo The 13th annual Allegheny River Cleanup will be held at Buckaloons to Wildwood on Thursday; Wildwood to Tidioute on Friday, and Allegheny Outfitters to Buckaloons on Saturday.

The 13th annual Allegheny River Cleanup is on the calendar.

The event will be held Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 16 through 18. The locations will be: Buckaloons to Wildwood on Thursday; Wildwood to Tidioute on Friday, and Allegheny Outfitters to Buckaloons on Saturday.

The effort will require about 40 volunteers each day and participants must sign up in advance by going to http://www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com/volunteer.html.

Last year, with pandemic restrictions in place, the cleanup effort brought 22 cubic yards of garbage, 24 tires, and 2,700 pounds of recyclable metal out of the river.

The Allegheny River Cleanup was attached to the annual Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup in 2009.

“Since 2005, almost 4,700 volunteers have donated more than 35,500 hours and have removed about 820 cubic yards of trash from the watershed,” according to the cleanup website. “They have pulled out television sets, microwave ovens, lawn chairs, refrigerators, 55-gallon drums, more than 16,782 tires, and more than 147,000 pounds of recyclable metal – that’s more than 70 tons. Countless bags have been filled with recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.”

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