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Highway cleanup takes place in May

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced its 17th Annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This community event, set for May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, is not only fun, it also serves an important role in the health of our valley.

Each year, more than 10 tons of trash collects along roadsides in Eagle County. If this trash is not removed, then it will eventually make its way into our rivers and streams, contaminating the lifeblood of our community. It is through the dedication of passionate volunteers that we keep our roadways, and thus our entire valley healthy for all to enjoy.

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More than 950 volunteers will join in this annual rite of spring to pick up trash from nearly 140 miles of Eagle County roadways (Interstate 70, U.S. Highways 6 and 24 and State Highway 131). Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning a one- or two-mile stretch of road.

After a morning of fun and hard work, volunteers and their families are invited to a free thank you barbecue at the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. The party will feature live music from The Riverfront Ramblers, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and food prepared by the Arrowhead Alpine Club and Beaver Creek Mountain Dining. In addition to the food, beer and entertainment, volunteers are thanked with free gifts and the chance to win raffle prizes.

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The barbecue is a great way to come together as a community and celebrate our accomplishments with friends and family. The highlight of the party is the Golden Toilet Seat Award, given to the team that collects the most unusual piece of trash.

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Last year, volunteers removed more than 10 tons of trash from our roadways. For this year’s cleanup, the goal is to pick up all of the trash and hope that it is less than ever before.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 970-827-5406 or email ranney@erwc.org. For more information about the Eagle River Watershed Council, go to http://www.erwc.org.

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