VALLE CRUCIS — A group of 25 cadets from the Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC spent time cleaning up the Watauga River on Sept. 4.

Working on the Watauga River from Valle Crucis Park to the Watauga Gorge, the cadets collected more than 500 lbs. of garbage and debris including old water heaters, tires, fencing, bottles and cans from the river. The cadets conducted the cleanup and enjoyed great weather and good water conditions while learning canoeing techniques on canoes lent to them by the Mountain Alliance organization, according to Senior Marine Instructor Maj. Mike Dubrule.

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