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Riverkeeper Shoreline Sweep draws thousands

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Volunteers gathered on area shorelines yesterday as Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's annual Spring Shoreline Sweep got underway. The sweep is an effort to clean away the trash that has collected along area streams, rivers and the lake shore. Buffalo Riverkeeper is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Executive Director Jill Jedlicka says that the clean up continues to draw great numbers.

"Usually with the Spring Shoreline Sweep we have well over one thousand people, like I said, at 40 sites, and amazing things that we pull out of the water, not in a good way, either."

A large amount of the trash collected is recyclable material. It is hoped that Buffalo's renewed efforts to increase recycling rates by city residents will reduce at least this portion of the debris that sullies area shores.

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