Our Annual OPGA River Clean Up event kicked off on Saturday, February 23, 2019 with over 34 people caming by Forks Outfitters to sign up early (with more starting on their own). We gave out 37 construction grade garbage bags and 2 dozen donuts. Many tacked on the River Clean Up as part of their day of fishing and still were able to bring back lots of garbage. At the end of the day it was clear that the 4-yard dumpster Blakeslee’s had graciously arranged to have parked in their lot was not big enough, but thankfully we had people step up that had room in their own dumpsters to take care of all the garbage. Some notable/weird items included plumbing pipes, car bumper, a ginormous bunny suit/stuffed animal, crab pot, pink flamingo, tires, wheels, Christmas tree stand, top of washing machine, tin siding, and bag after bag of general garbage. We also had a group paint a bridge that was covered with graffiti! Our winner for the $50 prize for removing the most garbage was a duo: Annie Crippen and Avery Ironhill (who then graciously donated the money back to the OPGA). Although we don’t want to celebrate the fact that we have to clean up others trash, it is a victory to have removed so much from our area rivers.
The day ended with a gathering at Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill for some good conversation and a little fundraising for the OPGA for some exciting things we are up to! Tremendous thanks to everyone that participated and a special thanks to Forks Outfitters and Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill for their support!