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Eagle River Cleanup celebrates 20th year

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council is celebrating the 20th year of the Eagle River Cleanup. In 1994, before the formation of the Watershed Council, the local Trout Unlimited chapter organized the inaugural Eagle River Cleanup. There were two tents and 24 volunteers, half of which were Vail Resorts ski patrollers equipped with radios and trucks. There was a silent auction, which included a Vail season pass and raised a total of $400.

In the past 20 years, the Eagle River Cleanup has grown tremendously and become a fall tradition for many families, groups and companies. This year, nearly 350 volunteers are expected to help care for our local waterways in the 20th annual Eagle River Cleanup on Saturday. This county-wide event is organized by the Eagle River Watershed Council, presented by Vail Resorts Echo, sponsored by many local businesses and supported by volunteers from Red Cliff to Dotsero to East Vail.

From 9 a.m. to noon, teams of volunteers will be cleaning up the banks of Gore Creek and the Eagle and Upper Colorado rivers. All told, this massive community effort will clean nearly 70 miles of river throughout Eagle County, ensuring the health and vitality of our waterways.

Following the cleanup, volunteers and their families are invited to the Broken Arrow at Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. for a free barbecue provided by the Arrowhead Alpine Club. The party features music from local Minturn favorites The Turntable Revue, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing and a raffle.

More volunteers are always needed. Call the Eagle River Watershed Council office at 970-827-5406 or email serrill@erwc.org to confirm your usual segment, sign up for a new one or join an existing team. Volunteers meet on the river at assigned locations on the day of the event, so you must pre-register in order to know where you’re needed most.

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