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Great Miami River sweep turns up half-ton of debris

Water heater, tires among trash removed by volunteers

How a water heater, refrigerator and assorted tractor-trailer and pickup truck tires ended up in and around the Great Miami River is anyone’s guess, but a group of volunteers led by the Logan County Solid Waste Management District was interested only in removing the unsightly litter during Saturday’s 12th annual sweep of the Great Miami River.

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ABOVE: Zach King, foreground, and Scott Brown were among about 40 volunteers who removed trash from the Great Miami River and its banks Saturday. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Volunteers remove a water heater from the Great Miami River.

A group of about 40 volunteers packed 20 canoes and scoured an eight-mile section of the river, removing as much litter as they could carry.

“We didn’t pull out quite as much stuff as we have in the past,” solid waste management district director Alan Hale said. “There was still a lot of stuff, though, and some of it was pretty heavy. One group removed a water heater and there was a pretty good sized refrigerator that we pulled out, too.”

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