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Dakota Midday: Program To Prevent Missouri River Trash

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Over the past several years, the Izaak Walton League has helped organize Missouri River clean-ups in the cities of Pierre, Ft. Pierre and Yankton. Since the first river clean-up in 2009, volunteers have picked up an average of 2.5 tons of garbage each year. They've found everything from bowling balls to pop bottles.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation, the conservation group is starting a pilot program to help prevent trash from getting into the river in the first place.

Paul Lepisto is the Izaak Walton League’s regional conservation director. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed efforts to keep the Missouri River free of trash.

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