Local citizens, river guides, and whitewater rafting outfitters banded together to tackle litter in the Ocoee River, as part of the National River Cleanup 2013. The Ocoee River Outfitters Association conducted a stream cleanup with the help of approximately 130 volunteers.
"The Ocoee River Outfitters Association is dedicated to protecting the Ocoee River because a healthy community starts with a healthy river. Clean and healthy rivers have the potential to provide everything from clean drinking water, to recreation opportunities, to fish and wildlife habitats," said Blake McPherson, co-chairman of the 2013 Ocoee River Cleanup and Manager of Cherokee Rafting. "What we do here not only affects our local tourism & recreation opportunities, but we also have to look downstream. Rivers connect us. And not just to communities and ecosystems downstream, but to past and future generations as well," stated McPherson.
National River Cleanup, sponsored by American Rivers, is a series of community-based stream cleanups happening nationwide.