13th Annual Stream Clean-up Day targets Noyes Slough, Chena River

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The 13th Annual Stream Clean-up Day event took place over the weekend at the Noyes Slough and Chena River.

Stream Clean-Up, hosted by the Fairbanks Storm Water Committee and the city, is a day where volunteers spend several hours cleaning up trash on land or by boat. At least 30 volunteers helped out at the event this year. Three to four volunteers were assigned to a canoe, along with some safety equipment and trash bags. Afterwards, everyone brought back their trash to the Lion's Park pavilion.

Environmental manager Andrew Ackerman says this year's garbage pile turned out to be successful.

Prior to the start of the event, Ackerman gave a brief safety meeting to all the volunteers. He talked about what hazardous materials need to be avoided and what kinds of trash to pick up. Each volunteer was given a kit that included gloves, bug spray and other tools for their own safety.

Following along with two volunteers in a canoe, we picked up trash on the Noyes Slough.

Volunteer Muffie Durst says the reason she signed up was to see what kinds of trash might be out there to pick up.

The second volunteer alongside Durst was Sean Huntington. He was pleased to see a good fair amount of volunteers willing to help out.

Huntington says it's what he and Durst found out on the Noyes Slough that made the trash collecting worth it in the end.

All the trash that was collected went to the Tanana Valley Watershed Association to be weighed and recorded for data before going to the landfill.