by Daniel Barton
On April 22, 2017, Colorado Whitewater organized the South Platte River Cleanup. Although mother nature did not provide the water necessary to have all volunteers float the river, we still had amazing participation. All in all, we had approximately 115 volunteers and collected enough trash to fill a 32-yard dumpster. Some of the interesting items found were a lawn mower, a pair of 1980s skis, and the ever-present shopping cart.
Colorado Whitewater would like to give thanks to a couple key partners. Down River Equipment helped organize the event and supplied some amazing raffle items. Confluence Kayaks hosted the after-party and donated raffle items. Good River Beer donated beer for the after party. Finally, Denver Water, a new sponsor and partner was an integral part of the Cleanup this year. Denver Water transported all the trash collected by volunteers to the dumpster. Denver and the Colorado river community is very special. We have people from all walks of life willing to devote their time toward bing positive river stewards and conservation. Thanks to everyone who committed their time in this effort.