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October 08, 2009
Contact: Ted Jackson, (360) 490-6019
Rosendo Guerrero, (253) 861-8964

Volunteers make clean-up effort
on Puyallup River successful

OLYMPIA – Enforcement officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) credit the success of a recent clean-up effort on the Puyallup River to anglers, community members and local businesses who volunteered for the event.

More than a ton of garbage and debris was removed from the lower portion of the Puyallup River during a work party sponsored Oct. 3 by Sportsmen for the Preservation of our Rivers and Streams – a local angler organization. The group’s achievement went beyond expectations, said WDFW’s Sgt. Ted Jackson, who participated in the event.

“It’s no secret that the Puyallup and other rivers have suffered this year with garbage and gear left behind by some anglers fishing these waters,” Jackson said. “During the clean-up, volunteers found plenty of other garbage as well. It’s encouraging when folks step forward and do an outstanding job to clean up these areas, which are so important to the health of our fish and wildlife.”

Rosendo Guerrero, a longtime angler and founder of the new preservation group, organized the work party, recruiting approximately 80 volunteers to assist in the clean-up. Volunteers included local anglers, People for Puget Sound, a City of Puyallup work crew, a City of Puyallup council member, WDFW enforcement officers and community members.

Murrey’s Disposal of Fife supplied a dumpster that was filled with tires, furniture, bikes, clothing and other debris. Donations were provided by Walmart, Sportco, Wholesale Sports, Starbucks, Johnny’s Bar & Grill, Mama Stortini’s, McDonalds and People for Puget Sound.

A similar event is planned Oct. 24 for the Skykomish River in Monroe. Volunteers interested in participating can contact Guerrero at (253) 861-8964 or rosendo64@yahoo.com.

The Puyallup River is open for recreational fishing seven days a week from the mouth to the Carbon River.