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City wetland cleanup has largest-ever turnout

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: A team made up of community volunteers and City of Washington employees fanned out across the manmade wetlands between the Estuarium and South McNair Street Saturday morning with a common goal of cleaning up the area around the city boardwalk. Armed with bags, trash grabbers and community sprit, the group was able to collect a considerable amount of trash from the water and the rock berm that encloses the wetlands. According to city public works staff helping direct the efforts, the turnout for the cleanup was the largest in the effort’s five-year history. Among the more interesting items recovered were fishing tackle, golf and tennis balls, a derelict wetlands project sign and a cast-iron frying pan.