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Snake River Cleanup Planned

A trash cleanup along one of the more popular stretches of the Snake River is planned beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

Additional volunteers are needed to help with this effort, sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game and Canyon County Parks, Waterways and Recreation.

Volunteers should RSVP to Fish and Game maintenance supervisor Dennis Hardy at the Fish and Game Nampa office, 465-8465.

Personal gear should include drinking water, snacks and lunch, sturdy boots, work gloves and clothing for any kind of spring weather. Participants will meet at Fish and Game's Map Rock site, located 6.5 miles west of the intersection of Map Rock Road and State Highway 45 at 9 that morning. The project should be completed by early afternoon.

The river cleanup will be conducted from the Walter's Ferry Bridge downstream to the Marsing Bridge, with trash hauled to a central location for transport to a landfill. Because of a waterfowl nesting closure, federally-owned islands on the Snake River will not be part of the trash collection effort this year.

Past cleanup efforts along this same stretch of river have netted more than six tons of trash, including all types of furniture, appliances and even a safe, stolen from an area business.

Area landowners are encouraged to note the cleanup effort date.

"We want to inform land owners in advance of the activities planned for that day," Hardy said. "So when they see a flurry of activity along the river, they will know what's going on."

For more information regarding the Snake River cleanup, contact Hardy at the Fish and Game Nampa office 208-465-8465.