The Brainerd Riverfront Committee invites the public to help clean up the Mississippi River.

Low water levels are providing a larger shoreline than normal and have unveiled some unwanted debris that can now be removed.

A cleanup crew is requested to meet at the future Mississippi Landing Trailhead Park location (city parking lot south of Northstar Apartments) at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. This will be the main area of concentration. The amount of people on site will determine the cleanup area.

Volunteers should bring gloves, garbage bags/boxes and appropriate footwear. Anybody with access to a pickup and/or trailer to help haul debris away is welcome to attend. With the community’s help, cleanup efforts could be met entirely. Local service groups are also challenged to help in this community project.

Crow Wing Recycling has donated resources to help in this cleanup effort.

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Along with low water levels comes an opportunity that shows features in the river that are rarely seen. Artifacts in and near the river include cribs, bridge pilings from 1875 and iron pipes. The river has been largely untouched, unused and unseen since the end of the logging and steamboat eras. Now is the chance to see it differently. Carl Faust will be on site to talk about points of interest and answer questions about the river’s history.

If water levels rise, the cleanup may be called off. Look to the Brainerd Riverfront’s Facebook page for updates.