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    FREEPORT — The city of Freeport is hosting its annual river cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

    This year’s project areas include Wetlands Park and Tutty’s Crossing. The city will provide cleanup materials such as garbage bags and gloves to all volunteers.

    “Keeping our water systems clean and healthy is important because they contribute not only to our economy and to the beauty of our city, but it also helps keep our wildlife safe and thriving,” Randi Kohlbauer, the city’s environmental and regulatory compliance officer, said in a news release.

    Volunteer groups are encouraged to meet at Tutty’s Crossing, 250 E. Stephenson St., at 9 a.m. to pick up materials and to assign project areas.

    “Garbage can quickly destroy the beauty, health, and safety of our water systems, with plastics and styrofoam being the biggest cause for concern for both water quality and wildlife safety,” Kohlbauer said. “Our goal as a city is to keep garbage from getting into our water system in order to increase the health and beauty of the surrounding waters.”

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Kohlbauer at 815-396-3548.