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Hannibal to host 2012 Great Mississippi River Clean Up

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

The Great Mississippi River Cleanup is coming to Hannibal for the first time.  Volunteers in Hannibal will go out on boats and pick up trash in about 15 miles of the Mississippi.

This is what volunteers will pick up on the Mississippi River Saturday morning. I went on the boat with Bob Dillon and he says he's expecting to pick up a good amount of trash.

"We're hoping to fill the boats. We have an empty dumpster at the dock for us and we're hoping to fill it up," Dillon said.  

As Dillon drives his boat on the Mississippi River, he's seen some interesting things on the River.

"Well every once in awhile you'll see refrigerator or a washing machine or something like that floating down. You see a lot of building supplies and sometimes siding and metal roofing and things," he said.

Because of the drought, there isn't as much trash in the River. But even with less trash, the Hannibal Parks and Recreation department expects about 30 people to show up for the Clean-Up and grow it into a popular annual event.

"I think this can increase to one hundred volunteers. I talked to someone with Living Lands and Waters and she says sometimes they get as many as 100 volunteers with family and groups participating," said Hannibal Parks and Recreation Marketing Coordinator Mary Lynne Richards.   

Dillon hopes this event will create awareness and make people realize the Mississippi isn't a landfill, but something to be cherished.

"As a boater and a community person, I think it's your responsibility if you do see something you know take a few minutes and pick it up yourself and if you need help with it grab somebody to help you. I think that if everybody works together and cleans it up I think it will be a lot nicer for everybody to enjoy," said Dillon.  

The cleanup starts this Saturday at 9 a.m.  To sign up for the event, click on this link to contact the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Coordinator. 

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