Mississippi River Clean Up

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - About 250 volunteers spent three hours cleaning up the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Saturday; 75 of them Anheuser-Busch workers. They pulled tons of debris from the water and riverbanks. The brewery is one of the leading sponsors the Living Lands and Waters project.

"Water is a big priority for Anheuser-Busch. We need good, clean, quality water to make great beers," said A-B's Kathy Casso. "This river is drinking water for some 18 million people in this region. It`s vital to life in our community. So we`re out here taking care of it."

Volunteers pulled about 10 tons of debris and garbage from the river during last year's effort. Organizers said it was obvious they'd been making a difference; they had to move upriver and downriver from the Arch to find garbage this year. Volunteers also spruced plantings on the Arch Grounds.

The Living Lands and Waters Project began in 1998. Since that time, more than 60,000 volunteers have removed more than 6 million tons of debris from America's largest rivers.

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