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Bring Back the Kern and others remove trash from Kern River

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — Bring Back the Kern says they're focused on getting more water into the Kern River, because they think the Kern River is one of the most important quality of life amenities for the community of Bakersfield and Kern county. They feel that removing trash will help that effort.

Saturday, the Kern River Parkway Foundation, Bring Back the Kern, the Sierra Club, and people from the Panorama Vista Reserve worked to clean up the trash from the San Miguel Commemorative Section of the Kern River Parkway.

"A very beautiful tranquil section, bordering the river, great trees, great vegetation, great wildlife," Jonathan Yates, Event Organizer for Bring Back the Kern, said.

Over 120 people came together to remove mattresses, paper, clothes and other items that have been piling up.

"What's really pulling down the whole experience in this area is trash," Yates, said. "There's an enormous amount of trash accumulation here at San Miguel Grove."

Miguel Rodriques, Event Organizer with Bring Back the Kern, says they want to inspire others to show that Bakersfield has a lot of beauty offer.

"We're trying to bring awareness to the dry river here in Bakersfield," Rodriques, said. "The growth here, it's a magical place and it could be, right now the city has neglected it I feel."

He says it's also important to preserve this land, as it was the home of Yokuts Native American tribes.

Yates says it's also about taking care of the environment.

"We don't just want water back in the river, we want the river to be a good habitat for wildlife and plants, we want it to be a great place for recreation for people and when there's trash there it hurts the wildlife and it hurts people and it makes it not enjoyable to use the river," Yates, said.

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Bring Back the Kern says they wanted to make the dirt trails more walkable for families.

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