To the editor:
Although the recent River Trash Bash in Webster County was muddy and memorable, it was successful and a heartfelt "thank you" goes out to all the people involved. The 24 participants included some folks who have cleaned up the river in other years and some who had never been involved before. It's great to see both long-standing and new supporters. In a mere 3-mile stretch starting north of Fort Dodge, we pulled about 25 tires, two or three barrels of non-recyclable trash and half a flatbed of old metal.
Special thanks to all the participants for the blood, sweat, and ruined clothes sacrificed for a good cause; to Mark Campbell, owner of Amigo's, for the pizza and pop served to the participants after the cleanup; to Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation for help with the trash and the beneficial partnership it provides; and to Don Pirie for his endless support of river cleanups since we started.
We've hosted an annual cleanup since 2005 and plan to continue annually. The Des Moines River is an important natural resource running through our county. It's encouraging to see the support of those who care. Events like these are only successful and fun with the work of so many people. This great stewardship event shows how the public has taken ownership of what they value. Thanks so much.