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Chicago River Day volunteers collected 1200 pounds of garbage at River Park East on Saturday.

Chicago River park is 1,200 pounds lighter

by Elise Byun
May 15, 2014


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More than 80 volunteers showed up at River Park East in Lincoln Square to pick up garbage in and around the Chicago River.

The volunteers worked for hours to make a stretch of the Chicago River cleaner one garbage bag at a time. The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company partnered with the Friends of the Chicago River for the 22nd annual Chicago River Clean Up Day at River Park East in Lincoln Square. More than 80 volunteers collected about 1,200 pounds of garbage, 200 pounds more than last year. Friends of the Chicago River members say the river quality is improving overall.