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Littering Continues to be an Issue Along River

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The abundance of heat in the forecast makes the perfect weather for river-goers.

But as the beach crowds with visitors, it's also populated by the things people leave behind.

These glistening waters make the Missouri River an inviting place to beat the heat.

But the glisten of littered cans and bottles may also catch your eye...and not in an appealing way.

"It's kind of gross sometimes," says Kimberly Mutschelknaus.

Earlier this year, signs were put up to help keep the trash at bay.

And Sovereign Lands Manager Jerry Heiser says it has made a difference.

"I think its had an effect. We've heard from folks that they feel that people are being a little bit more responsive," says Jerry Heiser, Sovereign Lands Manager.

The fee for littering is 250 dollars and another 100 dollars for having glass containers.

Still, littering continues to be an issue especially on the bike paths and beaches.

"We see like cigarette butts and beer cans," says Mutschelknaus.

"Beer cans and pop cans and cigarettes," says Raynathan Folbear & Collin Schmitz.

"I see bread and beer bottles."

"Dirty diapers," says Heiser.

"Diapers. They're really gross, so I don't like picking them up," says Seth Leupp, Seasonal Parks & Rec. Worker.

"Food wrappers and bait containers and furniture," says Heiser.

And the list goes on. Heiser says whatever you take to the beach with you, make sure to bring it back out and dispose of it.

"What I bring, I take back out. I hate litter. So I try to clean up after myself and if I see something else, I'll pick it up. I don't care, I don't like it," says Kitter Hawks.

Nobody likes trash. But what they do like is to see a clean, safe, welcoming place to have fun in the sun.

"I think we should clean it up because it's our home and it's where we live and I don't think our environment should have to deal with all that trash," says Schmitz.

"You want your hometown to look beautiful and especially for people who visit. We want them to come back," says Mutschelknaus.


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