Walnut Creek Cleanup and Watershed Festival Making Difference in Water Quality

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Walnut Creek Cleanup and Watershed Festival in the metro is bringing people together to help make a difference in water quality.

Mike McMillin and his Boy Scout troops volunteered for the festival held at Colby Park Saturday.

"It teaches the boys it's not all about you,” said Mike McMillin of Windsor Heights. “This is our chance to give and they'll get it back in ways they aren't expecting later."

The troops, along with dozens of others, removed trash and debris from Walnut Creek. The creek runs through Urbandale, Clive, Windsor Heights and Des Moines.

This is the event’s sixth year, and organizers say there is no plan on stopping anytime soon.

“Water quality is obviously a big problem in Iowa. We just wanted to create an opportunity where our community and people could come together and do something to make a difference for water quality," said Darren Fife of the Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition.

Almost 150 people helped out at the event Saturday.

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