FAIRBANKS, Alaska - It can be unintentional, but garbage still makes its way into our rivers and streams, so every year, volunteers come out to participate in 'Stream Clean Up' day.
It was the 14th year for Stream Clean up and in three hours, over 30 volunteers cleaned 900 pounds of trash and waste from Noyes Slough and the Chena River.
Trash in the waterways can impact the wildlife in many ways such as if fish or other animals ingest the waste, it can back up in their systems and kill them.
Andrew Ackerman is the Environmental Manager for the City of Fairbanks, and talked about some ways we can help prevent this waste.
"Make sure that you have a lid on your garbage can, and that it is tightly sealed so that dogs can't get into it, or ravens, ravens can make a mess of garbage." Ackerman said.
Ackerman said another good way to keep trash from the waterways is to make sure any waste you are transporting is properly tied down.
While it is mostly plastic and cigarettes they clean out of the water, a few of the unusual things they have found are bikes and shopping carts.