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Volunteers Work to Keep Rivanna River Clean

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The Rivanna River and reservoir are great places to spend the day fishing and canoeing, but those fun pastimes can be harmful to the environment and our drinking water.

The Rivanna River Conservation Society and its volunteers picked up truckloads of trash in the area Saturday, and kicked off a week-long effort to raise awareness about keeping our waterways clean.

John Haydock, a clean-up volunteer, said, "Clean water is just so important for all of us and I think a lot of times as we're out enjoying the waterways, people forget that all the trash that gets left behind just kinda makes its way downstream."

Volunteers met at seven launch points and covered fishing areas, bridges and boat docks.  Saturday's cleanup focused on trash polluting the waterways, but events this week will include fly fishing and rowing lessons.

The Rivanna Conservation Society says it wants people to appreciate the waterways enough that they will never need to host another cleanup.

The group wants your help in ending pollution, runoff and erosion.

Click here to see a full schedule of Rivanna River and Reservoir Makeover events.

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