JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Consider it spring cleaning for the St. Johns River!
The St. Johns River is a big part of Jacksonville's identity, but it does have a problem with pollution. Cups, plastic bottles and tires litter the banks of the river, but on Saturday morning volunteers can help make the river shine.
Last year the St. Johns River Celebration 18th Annual Cleanup brought out around 1,000 volunteers and this year organizers are hoping for more. The volunteers can walk along the banks and pick up trash or kayak out into the river to pluck trash out of the water.
St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says last year volunteers pulled around 1,000 lbs of trash out of the river.
"We all experience the river in one way or another almost daily, I drive over it multiple times a day," told Rinaman," so it is extremely important to the health and vitality of our city to have a healthy river."