Massive clean-up underway at Saguaro Lake, Salt River

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

This weekend, the group Natural Restorations and dozens of volunteers will descend on the Saguaro Lake and Salt River areas with bags and gloves in hand to clean up the mess others leave behind. 

Larry Stimeling said he's out near Butcher Jones beach everyday to clean things up. So how bad is it?

"When you have to pick up dirty diapers, when you have to pick up garbage that's bagged that's 20 feet away from the dumpster," Stimeling said.

This weekend, the group Natural Restorations and dozens of volunteers will descend on the Saguaro Lake, Salt River area with bag and gloves in hand.

"What happens with that debris is its only going to keep flowing and come down into our watershed," said Patty Garcia-Likens from SRP. She said people really need to clean up after themselves, because the water in that area has a final destination. 

"Eventually that comes down into the valley and is delivered to the cities through the canals," she said. "The cities then take that water, they treat it, and it ends up in your tap." Garcia-Likens said many volunteers who will be out there this weekend are SRP employees. 

So the next time you drink a glass of water, be glad some volunteers are willing to do the dirty work.

"Nobody else does," Stimeling said. 

This week alone, Natural Restorations cleaned up 15 tons of trash at Arizona recreation sites.

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