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Event scheduled for March 16 follows successful effort the previous year where 10 cubic yards of trash was picked up along the local waterway

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Volunteers helped pick up about 10 cubic yards of trash along Ochoco Creek last year.

Spring is just around the corner, and the Rotary Club of Crook County is seeking volunteers to help pick up trash in and along Ochoco Creek.

The club adopted Ochoco Creek last year and is working with several partners to host a second clean-up effort slated for Saturday, March 16. Volunteers are needed to work together to help pick up trash.

"It's wonderful to see how many people care about Ochoco Creek," said Carol Benkosky, clean-up event organizer. "Last year, we pulled over 10 cubic yards of trash and debris from the creek channel through town, and had a lot of fun working together. This year, we hope to get more volunteers to clean up even more sections of the creek."

Ochoco Creek Clean Up is a collaboration of several partners, including Rotary, Crook County Parks and Recreation District, Prineville Disposal, Crook County, and SOLVE.

Volunteers are treated to snacks and happy hour-priced beverages at Ochoco Brewing Company after the clean-up.

The event starts at noon on March 16 with registration in Pioneer Park, downtown Prineville. Clean up of an assigned segment takes about two hours.

"It's best to have volunteers sign up in advance, as we organize teams to support people in waders doing instream clean up, as well as to work safely along muddy banks," said Benkosky. "We also provide the bags, gloves, maps and trash pickers, so a head count is helpful."

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If you'd like to volunteer, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15. For more information, go to Rotary's webpage at www.crookcountyrotary.com.

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