Join Colorado River cleanup on October 7 |

Join Colorado River cleanup on October 7

Volunteers clean up trash along Rifle Creek in south Centennial Park in 2016.
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The Middle Colorado Watershed Council and Alpine Bank will be having its fourth annual River Clean Up in Rifle on Oct. 7 and is looking for any volunteers to join.

“Last year we had an amazing turnout,” said Annie Whetzel, community outreach coordinator for the Middle Colorado Watershed Council. “All generations were represented. We had some high school and middle school kids, their parents, and even grandparents. It is a really great way to spend a Saturday.”

The middle Colorado River is essential to each and every Colorado resident, and the Middle Colorado Watershed Council advocates for the stewardship of this portion of the river from the Glenwood Canyon to DeBeque.

These communities, including Rifle, Silt, New Castle and Parachute, depend on the river. They drink it, swim, raft and fish in it, use it for agriculture and irrigation and it’s important habitat for fish and wildlife. For these reasons MCWC aims to keep the river in good health and needs help from local communities to do it. Keeping trash out of the river is one way to help.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, MCWC, Alpine Bank and community members will clean up the banks of Rifle Creek and the Colorado River, removing the trash will help the water run cleaner.

Preregistration is available, and MCWC ask participants to bring sun protection and water and to wear close-toed shoes.

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s mission is to evaluate, protect and enhance the health of the middle Colorado River watershed through the cooperative effort of watershed stakeholders.

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