Yampa River cleanup project seeks Craig volunteers July 9 | CraigDailyPress.com

Yampa River cleanup project seeks Craig volunteers July 9

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The national conservation organization American Rivers will team up with local river organizations such as Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads in Craig and Friends of the Yampa in Steamboat Springs, for a Yampa River Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 to remove any trash that may have been left by floaters during the long Fourth of July weekend.

People planning to take part in Craig are asked to contact Robert Schenck in advance, before meeting at Dorsey State Wildlife Area, mile marker 99 on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Craig. In Steamboat, volunteers are urged to bike or walk to Little Toots Park at 12th Street to begin the workday.

People will move on down the river, and Craig volunteers can also meet at about 11:30 a.m. at Pebble Beach or at 1 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park.

A barbecue at Loudy-Simpson will take place later in the day for those who volunteer their time.

“River cleanups, like the one we are doing here on the Yampa, allow us, as a community, to give back to the river, to engage and connect with the river while helping make our environment clean and visually appealing,” Kent Vertrees, of Friends of the Yampa, said in a press release. “July Fourth is a big weekend for people out on the river, and a lot of trash can wind up in and along it. We’re hoping this cleanup will have a meaningful impact and offset some of the damage from the holiday weekend.”

For more information about the Craig effort, contact Robert Schenck at 970-230-2001.

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