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Volunteers rack up numbers cleaning Spokane River

The Lands Council crew, which included volunteers from Whitworth University, planted more than 300 native plants during the Sept. 27, 2014, Upriver Scrub. (Spokane River Forumn)
The Lands Council crew, which included volunteers from Whitworth University, planted more than 300 native plants during the Sept. 27, 2014, Upriver Scrub. (Spokane River Forumn)

RIVERS -- I'm getting bits and pieces of good news from the late September Upriver Scrub, in which volunteers rallied to clean-up portions of the Spokane River.

While the annual Spokane River Clean-up was on hiatus this year, the upriver activities, a regular event by the Northwest Whitewater Association, attracted dozens of helpers.

A few highlights:

  • West Valley's City School collected and COUNTED 10,000 cigarette butts.
  • The Lands Council crew, which included volunteers from Whitworth University, planted more than 300 native plants.
  • Hundreds of pounds of trash were collected and hauled away.


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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