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Volunteers clean up Cedar Creek

By Judy Reed

One group of volunteers ready to go to work on Cedar Creek.

Volunteers spread out over the area Tuesday to clean up debris from Cedar Creek.

The clean up was made possible due to a grant from the Great Lakes Commission to the city of Cedar Springs. The grant enabled the city to purchase waders, picks, and trash bags to perform the annual cleanup, which was mandated to take place in August.

Volunteers arrived at the White Pine Trail staging area at the end of W. Maple Street, and were divided into six groups. Each group was responsible for a certain area of the creek. They cleaned from the end of E. Oak Street and west along the creek to 17 Mile Road.

Those cleaning found all sorts of debris, including fast food cups and waste, glass and plastic bottles, Styrofoam, a large piece of varnished wood and more.

The cleanup fits in with an effort by Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, who recently began work on a project along Cedar Creek to improve the stream bank and flow of the water through the City of Cedar Springs to restore trout habitat.

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