Volunteers clean up Contraband Bayou

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Volunteers were out Saturday morning helping clean up Contraband Bayou. The 2nd annual "Clean Up Contraband Bayou" welcomed more than 80 volunteers with boats - big and small - and kayaks to pick up trash.

Most of the trash was found on the banks tangled in the grass. Volunteers told us one of the main items they see up and down the banks is regular trash like cups and bottles that could have been easily thrown away.

Two weeks ago volunteers picked up more than 60 tires. That's much improved from the first year.

"We picked up more than 200 tires the first year. So from then until now it is a lot better. I think because there is an awareness now and people want to get involved," said Darren Martel.

The event was jump started two years ago by Eric Stevens, an avid boater who was tired of seeing trash litter the waterways.

Boaters are docking in at Bow Tie Marina and dropping off their loads of trash.

We'll have more on this story tonight at 7 News at Six.

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