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Dive Crew Cleans Up Columbia

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- With Earth Day just a day away, one local dive group wanted to do their part. The Atomic Ducks dove into the Columbia River at Howard Amon Park Saturday, on the lookout for trash.

And they found a ton of it: lots of bottles, concrete blocks, pieces of newspaper, and a lot more. Roughly 30 divers and another 30 volunteers pulled bag after bag out of the river. The Atomic Ducks have been cleaning up the Columbia at Howard Amon since the mid 70s and they say they just want to do their part to help out the environment.

Atomic Diver Rod Powell says that his group wants to help people have as little environmental impact as possible.

The Atomic Ducks estimate they pulled up more than a ton of garbage today. Divers say they don't want swimmers to get hurt when they go swimming in the river this summer. Volunteers from the Pasco High School Key Club were on shore to help organize all the garbage.