Petaluma boy pulls 2,215 pounds of garbage from river

When it came time for Live Oak Charter School student DJ Woodbury to pick a project for his sixth-grade community service assignment, it didn’t take long for him to focus on the Petaluma River.

Woodbury, 12, spends time on the river with his dad, David Woodbury, 58, fishing, checking out swans or otherwise puttering along the water in their 16-foot aluminum boat. 

DJ, short for Daniel James, noticed the garbage floating in and out of coves or along the banks and proposed the idea of an ongoing river cleanup project to his dad. Over the next three months, father and son would head to the river about once a week and spend a few hours collecting what garbage they could — their boat laden with four or five garbage bins, plus a biohazard container.

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Chris AlexakisL.A. River