BOISE -- Volunteers spread themselves from Boise to Caldwell, to clean up the banks of the Boise River on Saturday.

This is the 12th annual Boise River sweep. It started with just a few community groups, but has now grown to draw more than 500 volunteers.

In fact, volunteers told KTVB they're finding less and less trash because they're getting the river cleaner every year.

One group of volunteers consisted of students and a teacher that said it's not about the trash, but rather getting involved in service.

I just think it's really important for students to get involved with their community, and give back to it, said local teacher, Rebecca Stafford. It's fun. You get to get outside, breathe fresh air, get on the river. So. it should be fun.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter commented that the river is one of the main reasons people live in this area, and an activity like the annual sweep just shows the pride people take in it.

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