Local fishermen work together to clean up the Rock River from litter

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Fishermen on the Rock River tired of catching trash take action.

Fishermen put down their poles and picked up garbage bags to clean up the Rock River Shore Line, for the Rock River Clean Up 2.0.

The cleanup group started as a Facebook group, Fishin’ Rockford.

Members began talking about all the waste they see while waiting for the fish to bite. Fishermen saw shoes, basketballs and even tires wash up or float by.

The group says they’re trying to spread a simple, but effective rule to always leave a water recreation area better than when you got there.

A rule one of the group founders says all fishermen should live by.

“Our duty as fishermen to keep the rivers and the lakes as healthy as possible for future generations to come,” said Co-Founder of Fishin’ Rockford, Chad Nelson. “You know this river holds a lot of fish in it, and if we just take care of it, it will keep having more for years to come.”

Last clean up members picked up enough trash to fill an entire dumpster, and they’re right on track to do it again.

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