The 23rd annual Eagle River Cleanup event is set for Saturday, Sept. 9 | VailDaily.com

The 23rd annual Eagle River Cleanup event is set for Saturday, Sept. 9

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced the 23rd annual Eagle River Cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, will be held Sept. 9.

The Eagle River Cleanup has become a fall tradition for many environmentally and community-minded families, businesses and companies. This year, more than 350 volunteers are expected to help care for and revitalize local waterways.

From 9 a.m. to noon, teams of volunteers will move along the river banks of the Eagle and Upper Colorado rivers, as well as Gore Creek, to pick up trash and show support for the conservation and enhancement of the local watershed. In total, this community effort will clean nearly 70 miles of river throughout Eagle County.

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 live music from local artist First Chair, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery and a prize drawing for the entire family.

More volunteers are always needed. Call the Eagle River Watershed Council at 970-827-5406 or email ranney@erwc.org to confirm your segment, sign up for a new one or join an existing team. Volunteers will meet on the river at assigned locations on the day of the event, so participants must pre-register in order to know where they 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 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 in Eagle County. For more information, visit http://www.erwc.org.