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American Rivers returns for Yampa River cleanup July 9

The conservation organization American Rivers and local nonprofits collaborate on July 9 Yampa River cleanup day.
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— The national conservation organization American Rivers will team up with local river organizations, Friends of the Yampa in Steamboat Springs and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads in Craig, for a Yampa River Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 to remove any trash that may have been left by floaters during the long Fourth of July weekend.

“River cleanups, like the one we are doing here on the Yampa, allow us, as a community, to give back to the river, to engage and connect with the river while helping make our environment clean and visually appealing,” Kent Vertrees, of Friends of the Yampa, said. “July Fourth is a big weekend for people out on the river, and a lot of trash can wind up in and along it. We’re hoping this cleanup will have a meaningful impact and offset some of the damage from the holiday weekend.” 

Also pitching in that weekend will be the city of Steamboat Springs and CAN’d Aid, affiliated with Oskar Blues Brewery, with a post cleanup celebration. There will be food from Brooklyn Pizza, beer from Oskar Blues at Little Toots Park, just off the Yampa River Core Trail in downtown Steamboat, as well as a barbecue in Craig at Loudy Simpson Park.



In Steamboat, volunteers are urged to bike or walk to Little Toots Park at 12th Street to begin the work day. People planning to take part in Craig are asked to contact Robert Schenck in advance, before meeting at Dorsey State Wildlife Area, mile marker 99 on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Craig.


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