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Volunteers Help with River Cleanup

A dark and dreary morning, along with a thunderstorm before work started, greeted efforts to clean up the banks of the Iowa River Saturday morning.

About 15 volunteers spent a couple of hours Saturday morning picking up trash along the Iowa River between the Iowa Memorial Union and the Benton Street bridge.

"It's fall and the river is way down," Sweeting said. "There are things that wouldn't have been seen."

Volunteers climbed along the banks of the river, picking up many water bottles and food wrappers. However, more unusual items such as a pipe, a blanket, a fence post, a traffic cone and a hair weave were found. A toilet and a 55-gallon drum also were found.

"I hope I don't find anything too interesting," said Oun Platt, 23, a UI senior in marketing and communications from Ames, as she filled a garbage bag with bottles and miscellaneous trash.

Platt, working with Phi Beta Lambda, a campus business group, said the involvement of her and her boyfriend, Scott Miller of Ames, was part of the group's efforts to be involved in the community.

"It's important to come out and clean the river," Platt said, as garbage bags filled with trash lined the sidewalk.

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