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Kings County's namesake river provides clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation, including fishing, swimming and floating. Unfortunately, trash and debris accumulate in and around the Kings River.

Beginning in 2004, the Environmental Health Institute, a local nonprofit, has sponsored annual cleanups of the river in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission and the Kings River Conservation District. Due to high water levels in the river, it was not feasible to do a cleanup last year. However in 2016, 104 volunteers picked up 30,580 pounds of trash plus 3.11 tons of tires.

Volunteers are needed for this year's cleanup event on Saturday, Sept. 15. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and we will finish by noon. The meeting place will be on Jackson Avenue at the bridges over the Kings River near Lemoore. This event will also be a great opportunity for high school students to get their community service hours.

For more information, please call or email me at 639-8795 or pimo@att.net.

Keith Winkler, executive director, Environmental Health Institute Inc. 

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