MISSOULA, Mont. -

A record breaking 700 volunteers woke up early for the 9th annual river cleanup day on the Clark Fork.

Organizers say they are still tallying the total weight of trash recovered, but altogether the volunteers, mostly families, filled forty bags of garbage.

"A lot of people use this river for different things, and a lot of the animals rely on it,? said volunteer Tori Padgett-Stewart, on why she was helping out. ?It's kind of important - no, not kind of - it's really important to keep it clean."

The event was organized by the Clark Fork Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork river basin.