Annual Muskegon River Trash Bash set for Saturday

BIG RAPIDS — At the sixth annual Muskegon River Trash Bash this Saturday, organizers and volunteers aim to clean up 60 miles of the river, making it the largest effort by area in the event’s history.

Event organizer Patricia Jarrett said she expects more than 100 people to turn out to nine locations in Mecosta and Osceola counties at the Trash Bash, which is set to run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

“We have people coming out to Rogers Dam, Ice Mountain, the village of Mecosta, and other places that we haven’t had a presence in before,” said Jarrett, who works with the coordinator of the event, the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. “I think word of mouth is really good this year. It’s more participation than I thought it would be.”

At this year’s Trash Bash, teams will work together to clean up trash along the river, starting and ending at various locations. Event sponsors provide the essentials, including gloves, grabbers and buckets, as well as complimentary t-shirts for all participants. People only need to bring themselves, Jarrett said.

Most people will likely walk away from the event with a smile on their faces, she added.

“I know that so often, people wonder how they can help, because the job seems so big. This is one thing people can easily do and it will make them feel great after they do that,” Jarrett said.

“The waste that is in the river causes so many harmful effects to plants and animals that live there. I really think it’s important to get those dangerous things out of the river. It’s gotten better over the past few years, but we want to get it to the point where we don’t need to do this type of event any more.”

Registration is required, at mrwa.org/trash-bash-registration. Those who participate will be entered in a prize drawing.

For more information, including locations where teams will be working on Saturday, call (231) 591-2334 or visit Muskegon River Trash Bash on Facebook.

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Posted by Tim Rath

Tim is the Pioneer's associate editor. He also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Veterans pages. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at trath@pioneergroup.com.

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