Oregon Trash Hero

This guy is my hero. We need more people like him and his dog:

A Portland man and his dog fish for abundant Willamette River trash
By Scott Learn, The Oregonian
October 08, 2009, 9:00PM

David Fisher picks a piece of plastic sheeting out of the mulch at a Swan Island beach while his dog, Aana, romps nearby. Just about every evening for the past six months, David Fisher has come home from his work as an industrial project manager, grabbed Aana, his 3-year-old Weimaraner, and headed out in his aluminum jet sled on Portland’s run of the Willamette River.

His target isn’t fish. It’s garbage.

And unfortunately, Fisher says, the collecting is always good.

Since August 16th, Fisher, a meticulous guy, has been keeping a careful log of his haul, aided by a hand-held fish scale he keeps on his boat.

The tally since then: 65 bags — and 1,218 pounds — of trash. Plastic bags and bottles. Styrofoam in all shapes and sizes. Fast food cups. Dozens of shoes (no pairs, though). Cellophane. Half-eaten lunches. Soggy clothes. Lighters. Pill bottles. Used needles. Left-over fireworks. Cigarette butts. Signs. Nails. Broken glass. Wire. Fishing line. Sheet metal. Empty cans of beans and creamed corn.

Read the rest of the story at http://www.oregonlive.com

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