Monday, September 12, 2011

Tires, Tires, Everywhere

The actual River Roundup event was a pretty big success. It was great to see a lot of young kids out, reconnecting with nature, and realizing the impact of something like littering. A group of boys unofficially declared themselves the 'tire boys', and embarked on a tire-hunting quest, which was good, because that was the majority of the trash in the river. Removing any metals and tires was of primary concern due to their environmental impact, leaching chemicals in water that is eventually treated for human consumption.

A clean up group floats their canoe down the Licking River after unloading several tires during the River Roundup on Saturday. More than 100 people volunteered their time to clean up sections of the river ranging from Everett Park to Blackhand Gorge. Jason Lenhart/The Advocate

Philip Hall, 13, unearths a tire in the Licking River during Saturday's River Roundup. Groups were divided into walkers and canoers, all the way from Everett Park to Blackhand Gorge, removing trash from the river bed and banks. Jason Lenhart/The Advocate

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