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Public Awareness or Fewer People, What Made the Difference in Decline of Marine Debris
Labor Day weekend on the Sacramento River would typically yield large amounts of floating debris. Beer boxes, foam coolers, plastic bags, alcohol containers, tubes and flip-flops left behind by visitors would normally stuff 40-cubic-yard trash containers, but this year a 30-yard container was only a third full.

Volunteers that participate in the annual cleanup along the Sacramento River only collected 500 pounds of trash, significantly less than the usual 1,000 to 1,500 pounds.

There were fewer people on the lake this past labor day, an estimated 3,000 people floated down the river on Labor Day weekend compared to 10,000 during the 2012 holiday.

While it would be nice to think the decline was due to awareness of the problem with pollution, most people understand it was just the amount of people.

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