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Team leaders prepare for river cleanup

Caroline Bradford

Sunday may be part of a perfect fall weekend to take a walk down by the Eagle River. And if you go – and if you bring along some friends and some garbage bags – you can help gather up a year’s worth of litter hiding among the willows and eddies.The Eagle River Cleanup is one of the biggest volunteer events in the valley, bringing neighbors to take care of the valley’s main waterway – and it all takes place without a silent auction in sight. Team leaders from across the valley compared notes about past cleanups at a team leader rally hosted Tuesday by Mustang Bar & Grill and the Eagle River Watershed Council. From tips on how to get tires off the bottom of the river to speculation about which segments held the greatest trashy treasures, it was an afternoon to trade fish stories with old friends.Kent Walker of the Eagle River Watershed Council was busy checking in dozens of team leaders and ensuring everyone had enough T-shirt vouchers for the hundreds of volunteers who have already signed up to help.Kara Heide of Vail Resorts thanked Rick Huber for his initiative in the Edwards area. Huber has already pulled close to 100 tires from the river though more volunteers are still needed to move the tires by boat from the islands to the Dumpsters on Sunday.Local school teachers, Kathy Hall, Kristina Brun-Sappenfield and Kim Walter talked about the students they’re bringing out to clean the river. Sally Beckley and Bob Moroney of Vail Resorts were making final plans for the party at Brush Creek Pavilion following the clean up. Chad Harrison of High Country Shirtworks looked on as veteran team leaders Dave and Sue Mott showing off their collection of old Eagle River cleanup T-shirts.State house candidate Gary Lindstrom’s campaign manager Michael Craig made sure his team had a “good” – i.e., dirty – segment to clean up.Putting the icing on the cake are a record number of team leaders and sponsors for this year’s cleanup.==========================================9th annual Eagle River CleanupWhen: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., SundayParty: Volunteer recognition party at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Volunteers: Individuals will be matched with a segment of river that needs more volunteers.More information: Call 827-5406 to register in advance or send an e-mail to

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