400 pounds of trash removed from Heller Creek in Elmira

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Nearly 20 volunteers helped pull 400 pounds of trash from Heller Creek on Elmira’s northside last Saturday.

Volunteers and staff from the Chemung River Friends spent two hours removing the trash and cutting 1,000 of overgrown brush from the area.

“The volunteers struggled through oozing boot-sucking mud, ankle-grabbing vegetation and thick brush to get to the trash and litter that had polluted the creek for 10 years or more,” said Chemung River Friends Executive Director Jim Pfiffer. “They sweated and struggled to drag and lift cut brush and sawed trees. They did it with smiles, jokes and a sense of accomplishment. They helped Mother Nature with her spring cleaning.”

The litter included plastic bottles and bags, lottery tickets, food wrappers and containers, a TV set, tires, a wooden chair, metal pipes, metal grates, cinderblocks and wood scraps. The group used a tractor, chains, chainsaws, garbage bags, 5-gallon buckets to do the project.

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