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River cleanup a great success

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On Saturday, more than 300 community volunteers came together to clean nearly 70 miles of rivers and streams for the Eagle River Cleanup hosted by Eagle River Watershed Council and presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This year marked 22 years of river cleanups in the valley, all of which have attracted a wide range of support from residents and businesses. From anglers to hotel staff, it's an event for everyone.

Whether it is for fishing, skiing, rafting, drinking water or enjoying the beauty of nature, the Eagle and Colorado rivers, as well as all their tributaries, are the lifeblood of this community. Many residents realize this and after enjoying a summer out on the river, participated in the cleanup event to give back to this precious resource.

Following the cleanup in the morning, volunteers and their families made their way to the Broken Arrow in Arrowhead for a Thank You BBQ provided by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, the Broken Arrow and Arrowhead Alpine Club.

The party featured music from a favorite local band, Rewind Colorado; beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery; and of course, the popular "Most Unusual Piece of Trash Contest".

“We must take care of this important resource in order for future generations to be able to enjoy it as well. It’s through the Eagle River Cleanup and other environmental efforts that we have a chance to give back.”Holly LoffExecutive director, Eagle River Watershed Council

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This year's winner of the coveted Billy Bass Trophy was Tug Birk and his family, who found a Power Wheels toy Cadillac Escalade upside down in the Eagle River near Edwards. Tug works for Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and was part of the district's team during the cleanup.

"We had lots of weird items this year including a ski rack, a vintage metal toy truck, a riding whip and even skis — found in Gypsum, no less," said Brooke Ranney, Eagle River Watershed Council's projects and events coordinator.

Whether you're a skier, snowboarder, boater, angler or simply enjoy nature, the rivers of this valley make Eagle County an incredible place to live, work and play.

As the executive director of Eagle River Watershed Council, Holly Loff stated, "We must take care of this important resource in order for future generations to be able to enjoy it as well. It's through the Eagle River Cleanup and other environmental efforts that we have a chance to give back."

The Eagle River Watershed Council has a mission to advocate for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education and projects. The council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.

For more information, go to http://www.erwc.org.