Umpqua Watershed takes to cleaning up river on MLK Day


    Umpqua Watershed takes to cleaning river on MLK Day

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people in Roseburg were giving back to the environment.

    The clouds and the cold didn't stop dozens of people from grabbing a trash bag and joining Umpqua Watershed's Martin Luther King Jr. service day to clean up the Umpqua River at Stewart Park in Roseburg.

    "It's interesting what you can find right along the water's edge, ya know?” said Cheryl Snook. “A lot of plastic, and toys, and balls, and cans. So far, feel good picking up what I have.”

    People were given cleaning supplies so they could pick up as much trash as possible. Organizers say this is a great way to give back on your day off.

    "A day of service,” said Maris Wilson, the organizer of the clean up. “So a day on, not a day off. Typically we get the day off and we kind of just hangout but we want to come out and support our community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

    Wilson says it's important to get the community involved, because everyone, including animals, uses the park or the river.

    "This is a community space. It's not just AmeriCorps who are using this space,” said Wilson. “This is the whole community, and I think it's really important that our citizens in Roseburg work together to make sure we're providing for everyone."

    And in the spirit of MLK Day, Snook was more than happy to help out.

    "A day to serve your community in whatever degree you can serve your community so it just takes your time and a little effort so it's a really good feeling on this special day,” she said.

    Snook hopes to see more clean-up events in the area so others can give back all year long.

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