(WTVM) - More than 10,000 people participated in the 20th Annual Help the Hooch River Cleanup and Watershed Festival this weekend.
Residents of Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Benning picked up litter and helped clean up the river early Saturday morning.
The cleanup started Friday, Oct. 3 as volunteers picked up trash.
"The quality of water is based on individual habits so if they are going to go out there and somebody is throwing something on the ground, we want to stop them from doing it," said a volunteer. "Because they've been out here to see how one cup can go from one cup to an entire truckload of trash… so we are hoping that it really helps enforce good behaviors when it comes to keeping our environment clean."
Fort Benning Rangers also dived into the river to pick up trash. More than 20 local schools and after school clubs participated in the annual event as well.
The Columbus Consolidated Government also joined in to collect electronics and hazardous items for recycling Saturday afternoon.