FARGO — Volunteers are being sought by the River Keepers for special cleanups along the Red River this month.
The cleanup will focus on Snakey Creek in Moorhead and the drainage ditches in Fargo.
Only adults are asked to participate because of safety concerns.
Snakey Creek flows through M.B. Johnson Park in Moorhead with difficult to navigate terrain. The River Keepers said they were assisted this past week by the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and in just a small section several hundred pounds of wet and muddy plastic bags were picked up.
Volunteers who help there are asked to wear rubber boots and work gloves. Volunteers in groups of two to five people will schedule a date and a two-hour time slot to go out with a member of the River Keepers staff.
In Fargo, volunteers are needed to clean up the drainage ditches using pickers to grab the trash which is mostly food and beverage containers and plastic. The current focus is Drain 27 near Independence Elementary School.
In order to participate, residents must fill out a registration form at riverkeepers.org/volunteer. Staff will help schedule a time and date.
The cleanup efforts are meant to help protect drinking water, wildlife and recreational use of the river and nearby trails.