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Volunteers spruce up riverbanks during River Cleanup Day in Glenwood Springs

Colleen O’Neil

Yesterday was Glenwood Springs’ annual river cleanup. Volunteers came from across the community to look for trash along the river banks.

“Sometimes it’s cans and bottles,” said Russ Arensman, a member of the Glenwood Springs River Commission. “We’ve found pieces of cars and tires, old sleeping bags. You never know what you’re going to find.

All day, volunteers worked along the Colorado River through the Glenwood Canyon, and also along the Roaring Fork that goes through town. Some drove together to their assigned locations in vans, but other more adventurous folks took to the water in rafts and kayaks to get up close and personal with the river garbage.

“We hope to leave the place a lot cleaner, safer and more beautiful,” Arensman said.

Don Gorman and Tom Bohannon cleaned the riverside along Devereux Road.

It was Gorman’s first time cleaning the waterways in Glenwood, although he helped clean along the Fryingpan before. “It’s a lot cleaner than I thought it would be,” he said, hefting a nearly empty garbage bag. The only thing he found other than the occasional soda can was a discarded sandal with a bottle opener in the bottom.

Bohannon was also a river cleanup rookie. “I thought it was a good cause, and a nice day for it,” he said. “I found a shoe, an extension cord to a mysterious object, and a dead rodent. He was kinda gross, so I thought it would help the overall ambiance if I cleaned him up.”

After volunteers spent the day picking trash, they finished off their afternoon with a barbecue at Two Rivers Park.

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