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23rd Annual Eagle River Cleanup
About 300 people participated in this year’s Eagle River Cleanup, which was the 23rd annual. A large youth turnout at this year’s event helped forward one of the goals of the watershed council — to leave a conservation legacy for generations to come.
“It’s a start of environmentalism,” watershed council executive director Holly Loff said Saturday. “It connects the community; everyone has worked hard to do something that does make a difference.”
Loff said they expect to see about 4,000 pounds of trash collected from local waterways as a result of Saturday’s efforts.
While the trash itself isn’t often as detrimental to the river as the pollution you can’t see, a clean riverbank says a lot about a community, said Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney.
“It takes away from the experience when you see trash as you’re rafting past, or when you’re trying to fish,” McQueeney said.