Third annual Middle Colorado River Clean Up a success |

Third annual Middle Colorado River Clean Up a success

Volunteers clean up trash along Rifle Creek in south Centennial Park.
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Volunteering strengthens and improves our community. With a resource as important to the Western Slope as the Colorado River, taking the time to keep it clean can really make a difference.

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council would like to thank all the volunteers and community sponsors who helped to make the third annual Alpine Bank Middle Colorado River Clean Up on Oct. 8 a success. We provided 37 volunteers to pick up trash and build trails on nine sections along Rifle Creek and Colorado River. The city of Rifle and Middle Colorado Watershed Council worked together to establish the sections on city property.

Volunteers collected enough trash to halfway fill a 15-yard rollaway Waste Management dumpster — about 70 bags of trash. Volunteers gathered at Centennial Park in Rifle after picking-up their sections to enjoy lunch and exchange stories of their finds. Among the most interesting trash found: two cars, a garden gnome and a full set of educational math CDs.

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.” Our stretch of the river extends from Glenwood Canyon to De Beque and includes all of the streams that flow into the river. This year, after previous river cleanups in the New Castle area, we identified the city of Rifle as a location and partnered with the city for planning and hosting the event.

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