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Anacostia River Gets Annual Make Over

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By Matt Laslo

It's a constant battle to keep glass and plastic bottles out of the Anacostia River. Upwards of twenty thousand tons of garbage ends up in it each year. More than 150 area residents joined government agencies in cleaning up the Anacostia River today in Southeast.

Jim Foster is the president of the Anacostia Watershed Society. As volunteers work, he explains that the annual clean up is having an impact.

"Little tire coming out of here. That's a great find. There used to be hundreds and hundreds of tires so I'm surprised that we haven't found more, but it's very typical," Foster said.

Crews will now document the trash they pulled and pass the information along to policy makers.

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