Volunteers make cleanup a success

College Creek cleanup team.

Volunteers remove a tractor tire from College Creek during the annual cleanup effort. Contributed photo.

In its ninth year, the June 24 College Creek cleanup yielded nearly 1,000 pounds of trash and debris from the stretch of College Creek that winds through campus. A group of 31 volunteers spent a combined 43 hours bagging discarded items and pulling large pieces -- including a tractor tire, bike, safety barricade, fence posts, foam insulation, lengths of pipe and lots of plastic bags -- from the banks and bed of the waterway. The annual cleanup is part of the Live Green program and Keep Iowa State Beautiful initiative.