South Florida waterway cleanup set for Saturday

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is partnering with the Florida Inland Navigation District for the association's 37th annual Waterway Cleanup.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 29 designated cleanup sites across Broward County.

Two new sites, Deerfield Island and Sullivan Park, have been added to the waterway cleanup, promising even more volunteers from the Broward area. The MIASF's annual cleanup is Broward County's largest environmental public awareness campaign and community effort to keep waterways clean.

Each year the event attracts about 2,000 volunteers from neighborhoods and communities throughout the county. People of all ages participate by boat and on foot along the waterways to clean and manage debris from all types of sources. Some of the more interesting items found and disposed of have included refrigerators, fire extinguishers, and even a submerged parking meter.

The event also hosts an educational short story, essay writing and "Friend of Nature" contest open to all students in the Broward County Public Schools, with three levels of participation and awarded scholarship money.

The Trash Bash volunteer appreciation party will move to the Dania Beach site this year and will feature live music from The New Revolution Band and food from the Dania Beach Quarterdeck location. The Trash Bash is a special celebration featuring guest speakers, educational and environmental awareness awards and an all-around celebration for a job well done.

Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate and there is no cost for the event.