GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- As the Grand River continues to recede, the falling waters are leaving behind trash and other debris up above the river bank. Now the question is becoming -- who will clean up the mess?
Community groups say the answer is volunteers.
Local governments do not have the people or other resources to send out to clean up trash along the river banks, so organizations like the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) plan to recruit and supervise people willing to donate their time and energy to the job.
Rachel Hood with WMEAC has been along the Grand River, and has seen the trash beginning to appear.
"It's a fluid situation," she says. "There may be bends in the river, eddies where a lot of trash collects over the next few weeks. We will discover those places where trash is collecting and hopefully be able to match volunteer groups with efforts to clean up those particular locations."