St. Louis River Alliance cleans up along Western Waterfront Trail

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2014 Updated May 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Volunteers with the Saint Louis River Alliance were busy cleaning up the Western Waterfront Trail Saturday morning.

Every year the alliance picks a different spot of the city to clean up.

This year, they worked their way down to Kingsbury Creek, and Striker Bay Creek. Some of the volunteers even took to a canoe to get trash out of the water.

Team leaders say removing trash from critical choke points, like culverts, helps prevent the risk of flooding, as was the case in 2012 when dozens of culverts clogged, and washed out.

“What happened during the flood is that a lot of debris got clogged up in the culverts, and that is what caused a lot of the flooding," said project manager Kris Eirels. "That's why it is especially important, but also all this stuff goes out into the river and goes out into Lake Superior.

To volunteer with the Saint Louis River Alliance:

St. Louis River Alliance

Kati Anderson