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Expedition Florida 500 Raising Awareness on Florida's Waterways

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A group of paddle boarders is celebrating Florida's 500th birthday and working to preserve the state's beauty for another half millennium. Expedition Florida 500 Founder Justin Riney is traveling the state of Florida rallying people to help clean up their waterways.

Riney was in Bay County a month ago. He and other paddle boarders cleaned up Lake Powell and Camp Helen State Park.

On Saturday, his friend Gabriel Gray formed a group to help continue his work. There was more trash in the inlets and grass than the paddle boarders could pick up in January.

Gray and a few others braved the chilly weather and wind on their boards and picked up bags of trash. They even found some larger pieces of wood in the grass.

Gray says it's all worth it, even the little things help.

"We're getting people aware of this, to come to their local water ways, you can go anywhere, your local river, go to a mud puddle and pick up some trash. Just get out in Mother Nature and help clean up," said Gray.

The group tells News 13 they hope to come back to clean at least two or three more times.