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Letter: Pitching in to care for rivers

The Glenwood Springs River Commission would like to thank the anonymous river users who earlier this month removed the large blue-green plastic pipe sections from the banks of the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. Our local rivers attract a strange assortment of trash and debris, especially during high runoff years, and these pipe sections had proved too heavy and unwieldy to be removed since they washed up there a couple of years ago.

It takes the collective efforts of many people to keep our heavily used waterways clean, safe and attractive for the fishermen, boaters, bicyclists and other recreational users who come from far and wide to enjoy their scenic beauty. But if we all pitch in, it can be a very manageable and rewarding task.

The city’s annual River Cleanup is coming up soon, and volunteers are needed to make this year’s event a success. Please consider joining in on Saturday, July 11, for a morning of picking up trash along the city’s public river banks and in Glenwood Canyon. Afterward, participants are invited to enjoy free lunch, drinks and acoustic music by Just Joan.

Volunteers should arrive by 9 a.m. at the Two Rivers Park boat ramp shelter to receive assignments and rides to designated cleanup areas. Sturdy shoes, long pants, hat, gloves and sunscreen are recommended.

To help us plan for sufficient food and refreshments, we’re asking participants to sign up in advance on the city’s website at http://www.cogs.us, under the “News” heading. Those who register early, by July 3, will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win dinner for two at the Pullman.

Boaters are welcome to participate, but should be sure to preregister to receive specific instructions on checking in, and coordinating shuttle vehicles.

For more information, please contact Patrick Murphy at 970-366-9099, or cardiffgardenmanager@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support and participation.

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

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