Skip to main content

Volunteers pick up 10K pounds of trash out of Minnehaha Creek

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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.

https://twitter.com/MinhahaCkWD/status/757334101955186688

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 6.49.01 AM

Deadly night in St. Paul sees 3 people killed, 1 arrest so far

The three incidents bring St. Paul's homicide total up to 18 this year.

police lights

2 killed in broad daylight drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.

IMG_7030

Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Related

Group nets trash out of Mississippi River to make sculpture

Volunteers collected trash at the seventh annual Mississippi River cleanup at St. Cloud’s Wilson Park Saturday, but not all of the discarded items are going in the dump. An artist is sifting through the junk for a sculpture to be displayed during the city's art crawl next month, and he has plenty of items to choose from, including a TV, a manhole cover and even a message in a bottle.

Duluth volunteers setting up flood recovery fund

While the state and federal bureaucracies slowly creep toward getting financial help to flood victims, a group of volunteers in the Duluth area is taking a do-it-yourself approach. Volunteers organizing a recovery fund for flood victims have raised $1 million. They say loan centers opening soon around the region will help residents who qualify get loans of up to $200,000.