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Local, national groups converge to clean up Yampa River Saturday

Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads among several groups contributing to cleanup

Michael Neary
The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads crew is pictured last October cleaning up trash around Browns Park. On Saturday the Parrotheads along with other organizations will collect trash from the Yampa River.
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American Rivers Cleanup Data

National River Cleanup 2015 stats:

1,370 sites registered with National River Cleanup

46,448 volunteers mobilized

2,002,671 pounds of trash removed from our rivers

2015 Colorado Cleanups:

Four local cleanups were registered in CO last year in the following cities:

• Colorado Springs

• Glenwood Springs

• Grand Junction

• Meeker

American Rivers also hosted a river cleanup in Steamboat Springs with Friends of the Yampa in September.

Source: American Rivers

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Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads has conducted cleanups of the Yampa River. This Saturday, the group is teaming up with Friends of the Yampa, in Steamboat Springs, and other organizations to conduct a post-Fourth-of-July cleanup.

American Rivers Cleanup Data

National River Cleanup 2015 stats:

1,370 sites registered with National River Cleanup

46,448 volunteers mobilized

2,002,671 pounds of trash removed from our rivers

2015 Colorado Cleanups:

Four local cleanups were registered in CO last year in the following cities:

• Colorado Springs

• Glenwood Springs

• Grand Junction

• Meeker

American Rivers also hosted a river cleanup in Steamboat Springs with Friends of the Yampa in September.

Source: American Rivers

Robert Schenck, who’s heading up the Parrotheads’ part of the cleanup, said the coordination with other groups could lead to wider recognition and more participation.

“We thought this would help get more people involved, and hopefully next year it will be even bigger,” Schenck said. “We’re cleaning up a lot of trash dumped in the river.”

The national conservation organization American Rivers is working with the local groups on the cleanup. The CAN’d Aid Foundation, part of Oskar Blues Brewery, is also contributing to the effort.

In Craig, Schenck explained, the cleanup starts at the Dorsey State Wildlife Area, at Mile Marker 99 on Highway 40. He said people are slated to meet there at 8 a.m. and should plan to be on the river by 9 a.m. People who meet at that point, Schenck said, “should have a means of floating on the river.”

Participants can also meet up with the crew at 11:30 a.m. at Pebble Beach or at 1 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park to help with cleanup, Schenck said.

Schenck advises participants to call ahead, at 970-230-2001, regardless of the spot where they plan to start helping.

In Steamboat Springs, the cleanup starts at 9 a.m. at Little Toots Park, at 55 12th St.

Kent Vertrees, board member for Friends of the Yampa, in Steamboat Springs, said parking would be tight on Saturday and advised participants to arrive early. He said the group will walk or drive to other spots, after arriving at Little Toots Park.

“Paddle boards and boats are welcome, but not required,” Vertrees said.

Celebrations after the cleanup are scheduled at Loudy-Simpson Park, in Craig, and at Little Toots Park, in Steamboat Springs.

Lowell George, national river cleanup manager for American Rivers, called the upcoming effort on Saturday a “comprehensive cleanup” designed for the weekend after July 4.

“A lot of debris, intentionally or not, winds up on the bank of the river” during July 4 celebrations, George said. A key goal, she added, is to “clean (it) up before it gets downstream.”

George said she’s seen people of all ages come to cleanups, from seniors to young children. This cleanup, she added, will occur amid the American Rivers’ “National River Cleanup” project’s 25th anniversary.

George said she planned to be in Steamboat Springs on Saturday for the cleanup.

John Husband, a longtime member of the Parrotheads, said past cleanups — particularly on Pebble Beach — have uncovered debris ranging from beer bottles to dirty diapers. His deep concern for the river, along with his understanding of the role it plays in the community, leads him out to help with the cleanups.

“I’m interested in the river,” he said. “I enjoy being on the river, and I think the Yampa’s really special. It’s a wild river, and it’s important to take care of it.”

Schenck said he’s been helping with river cleanup for years, the last two as a member of the Parrotheads. He noted shards of glass and metal cans that might be strewn throughout the debris.

“Here in Craig we love the river,” Schenck said. “People float it, kayak it. But there’s so much trash near the shore, in certain spots. It’s not only an eyesore, but it can also be dangerous.”

Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.


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