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Volunteers clear garbage from local, state waterways in Calif.

Students from Cooper Academy pitched in and helped clean up trash along the coastline in Monterey County.

Local rivers, lakes and even the Central Coast are now looking cleaner, thanks to thousands of volunteers.

Some headed to Millerton Lake this morning, as part of the Great Sierra River Clean-up.

This is the eighth year the event has helped spruce up waterways.

Volunteers at Millerton Lake told Fox26 News they collected more than 30 bags of garbage in just the first two hours of the event.

Rangers appreciate the help.

"It really does help out this area specifically," says Ranger Anthony A. "Trash gets on the ground if it's a stormy day, fish go down water. It gets in the San Joaquin River. That's a habitat for wildlife. "

Students from Fresno's Cooper Academy also pitched in along the Central Coast.

The members of Cooper's Eco Warriors and the HERO Clubs cleaned up trash in Monterey County.

Last year, they pitched in at Millerton Lake and Woodward Park.

See more photos from the cleanup in the Burst player below...


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