28 tons of trash and more removed from Cedar River

A record 469 volunteers participated in year’s Project AWARE that cleaned trash out of the Cedar River beginning at the Minnesota state line and finishing at Howard’s Woods Recreation Area in Nashua.A summary by the organizers of the July 10-14 effort says 28 tons of trash was removed from the 55 miles of river.

That mass tonnage was compiled of:

  • 368 tires
  • 14.9 tons of scrap metal
  • 2.5 tons of recyclables 
  • 3.3 tons of trash

“We are extremely grateful to Mitchell County Conservation and Floyd County Conservation who handled the scrap metal throughout the week,” said Lynette Seigley, Project AWARE coordinator. “The funds generated from recycling will be used locally and will be put towards kayaks for educational programming and river awareness and for a new canoe/boat ramp and access near Midway Bridge.”

For more photos, check out the Project AWARE Facebook page.