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West Virginia volunteers, wildlife refuge workers take to the Ohio River for Earth Day cleanup

By Madeline Scarborough, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — On Saturday, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge hosted a kayak and canoe river cleanup as a part of local Earth Day celebrations.

Due to COVID-19, all events have been spaced out to help keep crowds down.

Kayakers paddled the river, scanning for trash in the water and along the shore. A bigger boat collected what was found.

Michael Schramm, visitor services manager with the refuge, said the event is an effort to protect wildlife habitats and local animals.

Schramm said many items found are not thrown into the river, but end up there through flooding. Items found Saturday included bike wheels, a fire extinguisher, plastic and lots of nylon rope…

To read more: https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/community-news/2021/04/volunteers-wildlife-refuge-workers-take-to-the-ohio-river-for-earth-day-cleanup/

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