Volunteers to help clean Columbia's waterways at Hinkson Clean Sweep

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 1:31 p.m. CDT; updated 5:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Residents of Columbia are all geared up for the Eighth Annual Hinkson Clean Sweep to render Columbia's creeks and streams free of trash. The cleanup is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. 

Volunteers last year picked up 13 tires and nearly one ton of trash at the six designated locations. This year, two additional locations have been added.

The number of volunteers registering for the clean sweep has increased consistently every year, said Jill Stedem, public information officer for the Department of Public Works. Last year there were about 400 volunteers, and this year more than 500 people have registered to aid in cleaning Columbia's waterways, Stedem said.

Volunteer sites this year include the Hinkson Creek Valley neighborhood, Flat Branch Tributary, Walnut Street Bridge, Bear Creek at Big Bear Boulevard, Grindstone Nature Area, Bear Creek at Creasy Springs, Flat Branch Park and Capen Park.  

The event is coordinated by the City of Columbia, Boone County, the University of Missouri, the Osage Group of the Sierra Club, the Missouri Stream Team and the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District. 

Registration for the event has ended, but Stedem said people can still contribute to the cleanup effort.

"Those who have not registered and would like to help can join the volunteers at the different sites," Stedem said. "Or they could just find a park or street and help clean up."

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