LOUDONVILLE — In spite of all-day rain, 30 volunteers manned 16 canoes Saturday, Sept. 8, for the Friends of the Mohican River Watershed river cleanup.

In a little over four hours, they collected enough trash between Mohican Adventures canoe livery on Ohio 3 and Mohican Reservation campground on Wally Road to fill a six-yard trash bin. Items retrieved from the river included tires, deflated rafts, a trash can, countless sandals and a disco light.

Mohican Adventures and Loudonville Canoe Livery provided canoes, equipment and shuttle service for the volunteers. The operation was based out of Smith’s Campground and Cabins, which was instrumental in organizing the cleanup — and treating volunteers to pizza and donuts.

Girl Scout troop 268 and Boy Scout troop 537 pitched in as well as a couple of employees from Mohican Wilderness Campground.

The cleanup was a pilot program of Friends of the Mohican River Watershed, which plans to make it an annual event and expand it to cover more of the river.