Bed, TV and computers among first trash discovered by Boise River cleanup crews

BOISE --Thirty volunteers picked up more than 35 large bags of trash and garbage Thursday afternoon, along with a mattress, a television and discarded computers, during a 2-hour cleanup at four sites along the Boise River.

It was really inspiring to see so many people come out on a Thursday afternoon to help spruce up our river, said Nikki Karpavich, membership coordinator for Idaho Rivers United.

The volunteer cleanup and post event river celebration was organized by Idaho Rivers United, with sponsorship help from Aquarius Spring!, Barefoot Wine, the Bitterbrush Blues Band, Idaho River Sports and Sockeye Brewery. Aquarius Spring also presented IRU, a statewide river conservation organization, with a $25,000 check to help support river protection efforts throughout the Boise River basin.

The Boise River is one of our communitys most precious assets, said Bill Sedivy, IRUs executive director. We play in the river, we drink it, and it waters our lawns and crops.

All of us need to assume responsibility for taking care of it.

Thursday's mini cleanup demonstrated the need for upcoming Boise RiverSweep cleanup, Karpavich said.

That annual event, scheduled this year for Saturday, September 12, is co-sponsored by several organizations, and local governments throughout the Treasure Valley. During the annual event hundreds of volunteers pick up litter along the river from Barber Park all the way to the Snake River.

For more information on the RiverSweep event, or to learn how to volunteer, visit RiverSweep.org.