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They came, they saw, they took out the trash

 •  by Lois Henry
Cristian Duran with Rocio Amador and her dog Fred pick up trash at the Upper Richbar campground in the Kern River Canyon Saturday as part of the Kern River Conservancy clean up day.

The Kern River got a lot of love this National Clean Up Day with two groups picking up trash along different sections of the river on Saturday.

In Bakersfield, about 40 volunteers with Bring Back the Kern, a nonprofit group dedicated to getting water flowing on a more regular basis through town, cleared away trash under the bridge at Mohawk Street. This is the second year the group has participated in National Clean Up Day. It has held other clean ups along the river for Earth Day and other events. After its April event, in which Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh participated, the city dedicated $2 million to ongoing clean up of the Kern River Parkway.

The haul Saturday was about 75 of the largest Hefty bags stuffed full, along with a lot of bulky items that couldn’t be bagged, said Kelly Damian, Brink Back the Kern’s riverbed clean up organizer.

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