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River cleanup day is Sept. 10

This story has been corrected to reflect the correct date for the river cleanup.

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council will hold the 22nd annual Eagle River Cleanup on Sept. 10. The event is presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise.

The cleanup has grown immensely since it began 22 years ago. It has become a fall tradition for many environmentally- and community-minded families, groups and companies. This year, more than 350 volunteers are expected to help care for and revitalize our local waterways. The event is organized by Eagle River Watershed Council, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, sponsored by many local businesses, and supported by volunteers from Red Cliff to Dotsero to East Vail.

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From 9 a.m. until noon, teams of volunteers will head for the riverbanks along the Eagle and Upper Colorado Rivers as well as Gore Creek to pick up trash and show support for the conservation and enhancement of our local watershed. All told, this massive community effort will clean nearly 70 miles of river throughout Eagle County, aiding the health and continued vitality of our waterways.

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Following the cleanup, volunteers and their families are invited to the Broken Arrow in Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. for a thank-you barbecue provided by Vail Resorts, the Broken Arrow and Arrowhead Alpine Club. The party features music from local favorites, Rewind, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery, and a prize drawing for the entire family.

More volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, call Eagle River Watershed Council, 970-827-5406 or email ranney@erwc.org. 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 are needed most.

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 group 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.

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