Local group cleans up St. Johns River banks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than two million people around the world worked towards a healthier planet for the Worldwide Cleanup Campaign Sunday. In Jacksonville, volunteers picked up trash on the banks of the Saint John's River.

One of those people is nine-year-old, Olivia. She is one of 50 people who belongs to the Church of God in Jacksonville. Olivia says she has one mission in life, "to save the world."

Mike Holland, another member of the Church of God, says the Saint John's River needs all the help it can get.

"The Saint John's River is very dirty," said Holland. "We've heard it's very dirty. So, whatever the worse place to clean was. We wanted to clean that."

According to the Saint Johns River Keepers, nutrient overload, fecal coliform bacteria, sedimentation, habitat-loss and pollution are just a handful of problems plaguing the river. For volunteers, the need for pitching in, and cleaning up the river, is crystal clear.

The Saint John's Riverkeeper is hosting its 19th annual River Cleanup & Celebration on Saturday, March 22nd.
It's the kick-off event for the Florida Great American Cleanup.

For more information from the River Keeper, visit HERE.


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