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Volunteers get dirty to keep the Ohio clean

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Mary Madden with daughters Pollyanna and Isabella Mary Madden with daughters Pollyanna and Isabella
Kent Marlin, Clarksville Stormwater Department Kent Marlin, Clarksville Stormwater Department

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Hundreds of Hoosiers and Kentuckians got dirtier on Saturday to make area parks and the Ohio River cleaner.

Volunteers have been sweeping the Ohio for 25 years, but convincing people to pick up someone else's trash isn't always easy. "Kind of an adventure," Mary Madden told her daughters. "We're kind of on an Easter egg hunt trying to find garbage."

Kent Marlin of the Clarksville Stormwater Department says it's amazing what the river can take with it when it rises. "We've had whole docks float down. Refrigerators, a hot tub last year," he said.

A typical sweep of the river can cough up 7,000 tons of trash and debris.

Six-year-old Isabella Madden says the lesson is clear. "Not nice to litter because we want to make the Earth clean."

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