Cleanup of the Big Piney River Saturday in the Houston area included removing more than three dozen tires.

Organizers said a group of 11 found more than 20 tires in the 5.5-mile stretch from Mineral Springs to Sand Shoals. More than a dozen were uncovered from Tony Hogan Ford to Dog’s Bluff and on to Mineral Springs. In all, the tire breakdown was: two ATV, two front tractor, five truck and 29 car and SUV tires.

Some of the trash was from recent storms and flooding. Part of a five-gallon bucket was found in a tree.

Rosanna Hernandez, an organizer, said persons need to grab their trash when they leave the river. “Mesh trash bags are available from the Missouri Department of Conservation and local stream teams,” she said. “Strapping a bungee cord on your cooler and storing items in a dry bag will help you from losing everything if you tip. Simple precautions like that and picking up after yourself will allow everyone to enjoy their trip to the river, as well ensuring the aquatic creatures a healthy environment to live in.”

Participants gathered later at Emmett Kelly Park for a meal. Miller’s Grill donated hamburgers and hot dogs. Several businesses also furnished door prizes.

The event was spearheaded by Top of the Ozarks Resource, Conservation and Development and Big Piney Watershed Committee. Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service (tire disposal) and Kuhn Sanitation (trash hauling) also assisted.

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