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MOUNT VERNON — A total of 1,400 pounds of scrap metal and 155 tires were part of the haul of trash from the Kokosing River Saturday, Knox County Recycling Director Randy Canterbury reported.
The tires and metal were sent to be recycled and probably amounted to as much as two-thirds of the amount of material taken out, Canterbury said.
He was surprised at the number of tires recovered, but noted that Dry Creek was included in the cleanup for the first time and a lot of tires were found there.
Items gathered from the river included a mattress, couch pillows, numerous blankets and sleeping bags, construction debris, Styrofoam, electronics, food containers and bike frames.
A purse and a wallet were also recovered and turned over to police.
A total of 264 volunteers participated in the event, with 80 Kenyon students, 28 Mount Vernon Nazarene students, 112 community volunteers and 44 represented other organizations that did not register with the organizers in advance.
A total of 23 organizations had signed on as participants.
Today, 33 students from the Mount Vernon High School Advanced Placement Biology class will conduct a river quality study, Canterbury said, including testing for bacteria, other pollutants, macroinvertebrates, fish and other creature. He said he uses information from these tests in grant applications, as does City Engineer Brian Ball.
Eight canoes were provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and 11 by Kokosing Valley Canoe Livery. Kenyon College, Paddle For Heroes and American Kayakers provided their own canoes.
Transportation was provided by Knox Area Transit, Frontiersmen Fishing Club, ODNR and Knox County Fish and Game Club.