OREGON -- As an effort to improve the health of Oregon's waterways, SOLVE is encouraging community members to take part in their 38th annual Beach and Riverside Cleanup.
The event is in parternship with the Oregon Lottery with support from multiple other agencies. It kicked off on Sept. 18 and will run until Oct. 3
So far, over 2,000 volunteers have come together and collected 26,815 pounds of litter and marine debris from Oregon’s coast, rivers, waterways and neighborhoods -- all since the start of the event.
The goal is to create the improvement through litter pick-up and restoration work.
Officials say this comes as droughts have persisted in western states through the summer months -- sounding the alarm on the importance of taking care of our water as a precious natural resource.
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