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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia treasures its rivers and creeks, but beneath those waters is where people will sometimes find what nature never intended. Trash and lots of it. Everything from tires to fully intact cars have been found submerged.

There was a lot of sliding, sloshing, clinking and dropping as volunteers spent a rainy Saturday cleaning up the Kinchafoonee Creek. Charlie Dayhuff found an old radio, cans, floats and more. What surprised him was a massive Styrofoam object that took a lot of effort for volunteers to retrieve.

" I was like wow what was this?" said Dayhuff. "It was a big piece. I didn't know what it was."

Other big items: a truck tire, plywood, an ancient radio, and a trash can older than anyone else out here.

The Rivers Alive current has strengthened since Lee County Code Enforcement Director Jim Wright's began it five years ago.

"We want to have a clean river," said Wright. "It's nice to see nature and not see garbage."

Five different groups ventured out. Three on the Kinchafoonee Creek, one on the Muckalee, and one on the Flint River. They'd stop along the way to drop off trash and keep gong. By the end, they were unloading bag, after bag of garbage. 1,800 pounds total.

"I couldn't believe this was all in here," said Dayhuff. "People are supposed to keep the rivers clean and they have it all trashed up."

That's why Dayhuff is going with the flow to keep rivers clean, healthy, and beautiful for years to come.

The code enforcement director said they also found a steering column from a Chevrolet, and a gas tank. He says it's very possible some of this items may sill be surfacing from the 1994 and 1998 floods.