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GWP leads SF River cleanup

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CLIFTON — Nearly 30 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to make the area look a little better.

Cleanup volunteers

Volunteers from Greenlee and Graham counties pose for a photo with the 465 pounds of trash they gathered from the banks of the San Francisco River on Saturday, June 1.

Spearheaded by Gila Watershed Partnership, volunteers gathered at the ramadas at Riverside Park before dispersing along the San Francisco riverbed to clean the area.

Those volunteers gathered about 465 pounds of trash in just three hours.

“We seem to be getting less garbage with more effort at our cleanups, which we hope means that people are littering less,” said Melanie Tluczek, GWP executive director.

Weighing the trash

Volunteers weigh one of the dozens of bags of trash collected during last week’s San Francisco riverbed cleanup.

Volunteers came from SEACAB — Southeastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful — Morenci Schools, Freeport-McMoRan, Gila Health, Greenlee County and Friends of the Frisco. The effort was sponsored by Freeport and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Chase Creek Marketplace provided a 10-percent discount to all who volunteered.


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