Volunteers clean-up trash along area waterways

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – On Saturday the bags were filled as hundreds of volunteers came out to clean up the environment for the 8th annual Confluence Trash Bash.

The groups focused on six areas at the Chain of Rocks Bridge and Creve Coeur Park. They also went to trouble spots in Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland and Hanley Hills

So far crews have removed 5,400 tires from the creeks along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Organizers say keeping our waterways clean is key because the cleaner the water is going in for treatment the, easier it is to make release a good supply.

MSD, Missouri American Water the St. Louis Audubon Society and others took part in the event. Volunteers also got awards for unusual finds.

More than 800 volunteers are expected to participate in the half- day project. Organizers are hoping the message of the event will get others involved in the years to come