Hundreds of volunteers picked up five tons of trash from Minnehaha Creek on Sunday as part of the annual creek cleanup.
They found a bunch of candy wrappers, plastic water bottles, tire rims and cement blocks, Telly Mamayek of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District told BringMeTheNews. As well as shopping carts, a flat-screen TV, a wallet dating back to 1983 with a Dayton's department store credit card inside, a molar with roots attached, a coconut with a face carved on it, and an iPod.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District posted about the cleanup on Facebook, saying 2,000 volunteers picked up the roughly 10,000 pounds of trash – setting a record for the 10th year of cleanup.
This year's goal was to collect four tons of trash from the creek, with volunteers – on foot and paddling in the shallow water – working from the creek's headwaters near the Gray's Bay Dam in Minnetonka, 22 miles downstream to Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, the watershed district's website says.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District sponsored the cleanup along with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's "Canoes for a Cause."
A record 1,600 people participated in last year's cleanup, according to the watershed district's website.