PADUCAH, KY. (WSIL) -- Several dozen volunteers joined the Jackson Purchase Foundation for a morning of picking up trash along the Ohio River at the foot of Broadway.
The non-profit group works with communities to help them improve their region's water quality.
Those who participated on Saturday including some high school students were supplied with gloves, trash bags and snacks.
Four Rivers Basin Coordinator Rhonda Lamb says with Paducah drawing its water from the river, it is good practice to help keep it clean.
"The less trash and debris that's in the river, the easier it is for them to clean up and get it ready for people to drink," says Lamb.
Volunteers were put to hard work as trash was found along the river's banks and floating in the water.
"This morning when I was down here, a lot of people were fishing, recreation, you don't want to swim, fish in a dirty river," Lamb added. "You want to be able to eat the fish, you want the river clean, the water (clean) for the fish and other wildlife in the area."
Hundreds of pounds of trash is picked up in each clean-up, and Saturday's volunteers collected everything from plastic bottles to tires and a broken cooler.
Trash pick-up days are held throughout the year and more information on volunteer opportunities can be found here.