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Kayakers gather to help clean up Southwest Florida waterways

Posted at 8:01 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 08:01:44-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Kayakers set out to pick up more trash in our water to wrap up the Calusa Clean-Up of our Waterways this weekend.

An idea started by Keep Lee County Beautiful and Calusa Waterkeeper to get you to pick up trash in Lee County, by using #CalusaCleanup and showing what you picked up.

But to finish it off, Gulf Coast Kayak, Matlacha Civic Association and Adventures for Change hosted a shoreline cleanup. The group met Sunday at Gulf Coast Kayak and set out to pick up trash in the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve.

"I mean, we're in a natural setting here with the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, and there are sometimes things that get in the water that don't belong there. So, we just want to remove those things," said eco-guide Jim Niehaus.

The kayakers covered almost two miles of shoreline with their pickup event.