Loveland: The Spring Waterway Cleanup attracts 350 people, ‘It’s amazing how dirty it gets’ — Lynn Adame

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From the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Shelley Widhalm):

“I love to be out here by the river,” said Waneka, a member of National Honor Society like his peers who came out that day. “Everybody sweeping in, getting every bit of trash, it makes a world of difference. It looks like nature and less like a river in the middle of the city.”

An estimated 350-plus people met at five cleanup stations throughout Loveland, coming alone, with friends and family, or as part of civic, school or community groups to help protect and improve the local waterways.

“It’s amazing how dirty it gets. We clean it every year, and every year, we find more stuff,” said Lynn Adame, a city employee helping out at the Loveland Civic Center station.

For three hours, the volunteers removed trash from the Thompson River, Jayhawker Ponds and other lakes, creeks and ditches in Loveland. They found a few large items, including shopping carts, a toilet, a vacuum cleaner and car tires, along with bottles, cups and cans, pieces of plastic, metal objects, barbed wire, tarps and trash bags…

Eight-year-old Travis Hallmark’s finds included cans and plastic.

“I love the Earth, and I don’t want it to go to waste,” the second-grader said. “I want to clean the river so animals don’t die from the garbage.”

Joe Chaplin, storm water quality specialist for the city, said the volunteers collected fewer large items than they did in past years, though the number of volunteers is comparable — he won’t have a final number of volunteers and the volume they collected until early next week, he said.

More Big Thompson River watershed coverage here and here.

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