CAÑON CITY, Colo. — The Royal Gorge Rio launched into their 2022 Annual River Clear-up, rafting the rapids of the Arkansas River and scooping trash.
“We’re down here almost every day in the summertime and we figured this was our opportunity to give back,” mentioned Ashlee Sack, cleanup volunteer.
Volunteers are giving again, however with a singular twist.
“We raft in the river and actually pick up trash from the middle, not just the bank,” mentioned Royal Gorge Rio president, Chris Moffett.
Rafting the river to clear trash holds numerous advantages. A type of is they’ll cowl numerous distance in a brief period of time.
“We take about 3 hours on the river,” Moffett mentioned.
However that point can fluctuate from individual to individual.
“[It takes us] an hour and 25 minutes,” Ashlee’s son, Blaine mentioned.
Regardless of how lengthy they tackle the river, the mindset remains to be the identical.
“Colorado Springs, even in Pueblo and Canyon City, this river is literally the water that you shower in, drink, you know, bathe your children… so it’s really important to maintain a healthy waterway,” Moffett mentioned.
And, letting trash construct up within the river might additionally have an effect on leisure actions.
“No one will want to body surf or doing anything fun on the river. And the river will just be this polluted trash puddle,” Blaine mentioned.
Which is why Royal Gorge Rio is partnering with American Rivers to clear 35 miles of the Arkansas River of trash.
“We have multiple sections being ran right now,” Moffett mentioned. “Our whole board organizes this event. It takes a lot of help from a lot of people to get it going and then we also have a lot of awesome local sponsors who help us do this as well so it takes a village.”
Although it’s solely Royal Gorge Rio’s second annual river cleanup, Moffett mentioned it’s not going to be their final.
“It’s a relatively new event but we’re going to keep it going forever.”