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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 9, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Joint volunteer cleanup effort on Puyallup River pays off

The spectacular pink salmon return into Puget Sound streams generated a lot of angler participation, and with that came a lot of waste along the shorelines of some rivers.

But recently, state Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers are crediting the success of a joint clean-up effort on the Puyallup River by anglers, community members and local businesses who volunteered their free time to get this done.

More than a ton of garbage and debris was removed from the lower portion of the Puyallup River during a work party sponsored Oct. 3 by Sportsmen for the Preservation of our Rivers and Streams — a local angler organization.

The group’s achievement went beyond expectations, state Fish and Wildlife’s Sgt. Ted Jackson said in a news release and who participated in the event.

“It’s no secret that the Puyallup and other rivers have suffered this year with garbage and gear left behind by some anglers fishing these waters,” Jackson said. “During the clean-up, volunteers found plenty of other garbage as well. It’s encouraging when folks step forward and do an outstanding job to clean up these areas, which are so important to the health of our fish and wildlife.”

Rosendo Guerrero, a longtime sport angler and founder of the new preservation group, organized the work party, recruiting approximately 80 volunteers to assist in the clean-up. Volunteers included local anglers, People for Puget Sound, a City of Puyallup work crew, a City of Puyallup council member, state Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers and community members.

Murrey’s Disposal of Fife supplied a Dumpster that was filled with tires, furniture, bikes, clothing and other debris. Donations were provided by Walmart, Sportco, Wholesale Sports, Starbucks, Johnny’s Bar & Grill, Mama Stortini’s, McDonald’s and People for Puget Sound.

A similar event is planned Oct. 24 for the Skykomish River in Monroe. Volunteers interested in participating can contact Guerrero at 253-861-8964 or e-mail rosendo64@yahoo.com.

The Puyallup River is open for recreational fishing seven days a week from the mouth to the Carbon River.

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