More than 350 statewide projects recently removed an estimated 380,000 pounds of trash and an estimated 200,000 pounds of natural debris and invasive species along Oregon's waterways, including the Scotch broom, holly and English ivy removed locally by Astoria students.

Part of nonprofit SOLV's Down by the Riverside events from May 13 to May 20, many local projects involved schools, as did a third of all projects statewide.

In Seaside, volunteers used a motor boat and three canoes to clean up the banks of the Necanicum River. They found a submerged car as well as "the world's largest fan belt," according to SOLV.

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