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Wiregrass Newsroom: Group spends Easter weekend hunting for trash

Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers President Chad Brown helps lift a loveseat from the riverbank. Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers President Chad Brown helps lift a loveseat from the riverbank.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

NEWTON, AL (WSFA) -- "Another TV," says Chad Brown.

A television?  It's not necessarily what you'd expect to find on the bank of a river.

And as the Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers keep cleaning-up, unusual items keep popping up, like bottles of body lotion, and even a loveseat.

But it's not stopping the riverkeepers from uncovering the gem beneath the junk.  Instead of hunting Easter eggs, they're hunting trash--trying to clean up the Choctawhatchee for others and themselves.

"This river is as much a part of me as my blue eyes or brown hair," says Chad Brown, the President of the Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers.

In the course of just one hour volunteers filled nearly 25 garbage bags full of everything from mattress parts to toilet seats.

It's a filthy job, but one the Newman family traveled 400 miles to do.

"[I] grew up on this river. Still come back six or seven times a year. So we knew we could come down for the weekend and wanted to help out as much as we could," says Michael Newman.

Illegal dumping is the cause for much of the garbage in the area and it's a mentality they want to change.

"It's kind-of an ongoing battle until we really educate the people and they take a little more pride in their community," says Brown.

"The only way to get better is for people to drive by and see us out here working, see the signs up.   Hopefully that will make them think twice," says Newman.

It's a hope many have as they work to restore the riverbank.  

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