Volunteers help remove trash from the Muskegon River during nationwide event

Courtesy: Leadership Mecosta

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)--Dozens of volunteers banded together to pick up litter in the Muskegon River on Saturday.

It was part of the National River Cleanup event. Leadership Mecosta organized a river cleanup with the help of several volunteers.

“Each year the Leadership Mecosta group puts together a project to support the community. This year we developed the Muskegon River Trash Bash event to clean two sections of the Muskegon River.” said Kara Kosloski, Marketing Specialist at Ferris State University.

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup is a series of nationwide community-based river and stream cleanups. This annual event raises public awareness about the need for healthy rivers and is great opportunity for civic engagement.

Leadership Mecosta participated along with tens of thousands of volunteers taking part in hundreds of cleanups across the country to remove trash from local waterways.

“Leadership Mecosta is committed to keeping the Muskegon River clean so we can protect and restore it for us – and future generations. Participating in a river clean-up is one way that citizens can do their part for the river we all love,” said Kara.

“Rivers connect us to each other, to nature, and to future generations. It is wonderful to see so many people in Mecosta County and across the country taking action to protect and restore their rivers and clean water,” said Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers. “We applaud the work of Leadership Mecosta for the work they do on behalf of the river and the community.”

The Leadership Mecosta is a nine-session leadership program designed to sharpen our community leaders in the areas of leadership and community connection. Contact the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce for details at

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Learn more at the National River Cleanup website.

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