ATHENS (AP) — The Oconee River is a bit cleaner after volunteers in canoes hauled dozens of tires and other trash from its waters that wind through downtown Athens.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports about 40 University of Georgia students and community volunteers pitched in Friday to clean up a 2.8 mile stretch of the Oconee.
They ended up fishing 44 car tires from the river as well as bottles and cans, a traffic cone and several children’s toys.
The Oconee River cleanup concluded a week of environmentally themed events sponsored by the university’s Office of Sustainability. Other events included trash audits and recycling of old electronics.