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Photofeature: An Army of Volunteers Participate in Susan River Clean-Up Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

A SusanvilleStuff Photofeature
by Marshel and Jeremy Couso

It was a huge undertaking, and more than 150 Susanville residents answered the call last Thursday, taking part in a City of Susanville sponsored Susan River clean-up project that resulted in the removal of more than 11 tons of garbage from the waterway.

The river clean-up focused on banks of the river near McDonalds, along Highway 36, to the Richmond Road bridge in the middle of town.

According to figures released in a joint statement by the Susanville Police and Fire departments, 135 volunteers, along with 40 city employees, collected and disposed of 90-cubic yards of debris weighing 11.38 tons.

The clean-up crews also found 55 shopping carts, 15 5-gallon propane tanks and several hypodermic syringes.

“Six homeless encampments were identified during the event, one of which was occupied,” said Susanville Police Captain Ryan Cochran. “All abandoned camps were completely abated. All individuals that were contacted along the river were given Lassen County Services and Resource Guide cards that included 24-hour services.”

Cochran thanked Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon and the LCSO work crew, Susanville IGA, Grocery Outlet, Diamond Mountain Casino, C and S Waste Solutions, Axia Home Loans, Chicago Title, Wal-Mart, Kirack Construction, Cal OES/Lassen County OES, Susanville Dental Care, Susanville Symphony, Lassen County Public Health, City of Susanville, Lassen Rural Bus, LRSWM and the members of our community for their partnership in the project.

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