Passiac River skimmer boat sails the river clearing out debris

The Passaic River skimmer drives up and down

The Passaic River skimmer drives up and down the river cleaning up debris.

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission is working to improve the Passaic River.

One way the commission is doing this is by utilizing a boat known as a "skimmer." For 10 months out of the year, rain or shine, the skimmer is out on the river picking up any floating debris.

Most of the debris is man-made, such as bottles, cans and even a mop.

Larger items, like branches, are chopped...

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