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Volunteers Clean the Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 150 volunteers came out to help clean the Willamette River Saturday.

This was the 5th annual Great Willamette clean-up, a project that stretches all the way to Portland.

Organizers say there were four ground sites and two water-based sites this year. Among the garbage picked up, organizers say hypodermic needles were found all over.

“It’s really important in terms of bringing flood plain waters into areas around and providing clean water, recreational activities for people, and really just being a large part of our quality of life in the Willamette Valley,” said Michelle Emmons, Lane County Event Director.

Lunch and entertainment was provided to volunteers after the clean up.

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