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Chester Progressive Ind'a II Wednesday, Oct. I, 2014 15A ! .'i Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer " rncody@pl u masnews.com Indian Valley students and :.community members walked :Wolf Creek on Saturday, Sept. 20, picking up trash and illegally dumped appliances• Their effort was part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, a program designed to inspire California communities to be • •responsible for the rivers .where they fish, swim and play. • . The Sierra Institute for :Community and Environment organized the Wolf Creek Cleanup, with 16 volunteers• The crew included five local students: Sheridan Kusel, Weston Meyers, Christian Bares, Lauren Cordes and Zachary Pew. • . , Groups from Quincy and Chester also participated in the GSRC, cleaning up the Feather River and Lake Almanor. Over 4,600 volunteers throughout the Sierra Nevada removed more than 55 tons of trash and • • recyclables on Saturday alone. • The Greenville crew found a dryer, car parts, cans and iI :,bottles, and other :miscellaneous trash• "The weirdest thing they found was an old metal cap gun," said Amy Hafsrud, Teen Program coordinator• Hafsrud's Friday Night for • Teens program teaches local youth to entertain themselves • with constructive and • :- :,inspiring activities, such as • •'full moon adventures, rather than drinking and partying. The Wolf Creek cleanup crew metat 8:45 a.m. in Greenville and spent the morning working• Bink Huddleston, president of the Indian Valley Chamber of i Commerce, sent the group out :,with words of encouragement• • A barbecue at the Greenville Ballpark kicked off around noon Evergreen Market IGA donated beef, turkey and veggie burgers with all the fLxings, and some fresh fruits, vegetables and drinks. Matt Cerney, president of the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District board of directors, commented on the discovery of a "massive garbage heap." He said, "It was disgusting. It appeared that people continued to dump garbage in the same place over time•" The names of two individuals were found on prescription bottles buried in the heap. The sheriffs department will be notified. Everything collected at the Wolf Creek Cleanup, as well as garbage from Quincy and Lake Almanor, was documented and compiled with •data from other cleanups throughout the region• "Last year the majority of what they found was grocery bags. So now there's a tax on grocery bags. They're using this data to find out what kind of trash we are accumulating that isending up in the rivers and what we can do to prevent that," said Courtney Gomola, a Sierra fellow. Gomola was also present with a group of 28 Chester Junior-Senior High School kids who cleaned up Chester Meadows Thursday, Sept• 18, as a part of the GSRC. Most of the trash they picked up was concentrated inside dilapidated farm buildings on the property. "Overall, the meadow was really clean• It was very encouraging• Change is happening," Gomola said with a smile. The Sierra Institute has been involved with GSRC since 2009• Lauri Rawlins-Betta, Sierra Institute administrator, said they have concentrated their efforts at Lake Almanor in the past but decided to focus on Wolf Creek this year. "For this event we The Wolf Creek cleanup crew toasts with blue water bottles donated by a Plumas County Public Health Agency 20,000 Lives mini-grant. The crew found "a lot of weird things" during the Great Sierra River Cleanup on Sept. 20. Photo by Larry Deisz concentrated on getting the Indian Valley youth involved. We had teens from Indian Valley Aca~lemy, Greenville High School and the Indian Valley Youth Summit participate in this event. • These teens once again learned the importance of being stewards of their earth," said Rawlins-Betta. The IVRPD waived fees to meet at the local community center and helped promote the event• Organizers gave additional thanks to the Indian Valley Youth Summit core group: Anna Lawson and Scott and Barbara Tanner. 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