PENDLETON - Thirty-five volunteers pulled 1,760 pounds of trash from the Umatilla River in Pendleton Saturday.

That's the most collected in the three years Stewards of the Umatilla River Environment (S.U.R.E.) have been removing trash from the river each July, said Betty Klepper, who organized the event.

"We were surprised by the amounts of metal pipe this year," she said.

The annual cleaning occurs in late July because the water level is low enough to allow volunteers to wade in the river, she said.

The volunteers were sponsored by SOLV - Adopt-a-River Project, a statewide organization.

West Rentals donated free use of a trailer for packing away the trash and Pendleton Sanitary Service donated disposal of the trash, Klepper said.

S.U.R.E. was organized in 2001 to improve the habitat along the Pendleton River Parkway.

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