Volunteers help rid the Colorado River of trash
MESA COUNTY, Colorado ” Tires. A shopping cart. Plastic bottles.
Those are some of the things volunteers pulled out of the Colorado River during cleaning this year.
Volunteers even found a kitchen sink.
“Every year, there’s something more interesting that somebody finds,” said Chris Pahler, one of the volunteers.
Pahler is also a boater who enjoys taking in the scenic beauty of the river.
“The Colorado is definitely my favorite,” Pahler said. “Running the big rapids down at West Water and even just floating through town, relaxing, and having a nice day.”
Pahler joined the Water Club and a local boy scout troop in their trash-removal efforts this week. The Western Association for the Enjoyment of Rivers also participated during their 4th annual Colorado River Spring Cleaning.
The group said they had 45 volunteers who pulled about 10 yards worth of trash from the river. Bob Richardson, the event’s coordinator, said volunteers tried to keep the trash from going downstream to more pristine areas, despite this year’s high water levels which made the task more difficult.
The trash will be hauled off to the Mesa County landfill.
This year, volunteers found things so large as they patrolled the riverbanks they couldn’t carry the items on their rafts.
“I guess we even found a cab off of a truck, but we had to leave that,” said Paul Kattnig, leader of Boyscout Troop 303. “We couldn’t bring it anywhere.”
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