About 70 volunteers worked alongside city employees Saturday during the third annual Iowa River Clean-Up event in Iowa City.
They traveled down a 9 1/2 mile section of the river in canoes and cleared out items including tires, bottles and even a large sofa.
“When you have a couple of canoes strapped together, it’s amazing what you can get out of the river,” said Dan Ceynar, Iowa Flood Center coordinator.
Carol Sweeting, Iowa City Public Works co-coordinator, said a lot of the items found were old.
“Our water quality, our recreation on the river, everything depends on what we throw out and whether or not it’s safe to be in there,” Sweeting said.