PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Wednesday’s annual Missouri River Clean-up collected almost 5,000 pounds of debris from the waters and shores near Pierre and Fort Pierre. Wednesday’s cleanup was organized by the Central SD Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, Izaak Walton League of America, the City of Pierre and a handful of state and federal agencies and other organizations. The Izaak Walton League’s Paul Lepisto says of the 2.5 tons of debris; collected was 3,700 pounds of lumber, which came mostly from docks and decks that were damaged in the 2011 Missouri River flood. Also picked up was 840 pounds of litter and trash, 150 pounds of tires and 70 pounds of scrap metal. Wednesday’s cleanup was the third in four years and more than 30 people turned up to help. Volunteers covered a stretch of the river and shoreline from near the northern reaches of Pierre/Fort Pierre-downriver to near Farm Island. After the event, participants were treated to a walleye fish fry picnic. Lepisto says plans are already being made for another Missouri River Clean-up in 2013. Those that would like to help can contact him at 224-1770 or call Bret Afdahl at 222-2972.
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