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Clean the Poudre 2010

Volunteers pitch in as part of the National River Clean Up.

Local citizens are banding together to tackle litter in and along the Cache la Poudre River, as part of the National River Cleanup 2010.

Mountain Whitewater along with New World Sports will conduct a river cleanup with the help of many volunteers on May 22. “Mountain Whitewater is dedicated to protecting the Cache la Poudre because a healthy community starts with a healthy river. Our volunteers are excited to pitch in because a cleaner river is a healthier river,” said Ben Costello, Director of Fun for Mountain Whitewater.

National River Cleanup, sponsored by American rivers, is a series of community-based stream cleanups happening nationwide. This popular annual event raises awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in our nation’s waterways. For Mountain Whitewater, sustainability and environmental stewardship are at the core of our business. Mountain Whitewater will be participating along with tens of thousands of volunteers taking part in hundreds of cleanups across the country to remove trash from local rivers and streams.

“The Cache la Poudre is so important to our community that we’ve got to take every opportunity we can to protect it, for us and for future generations. Keeping it clean is one way that citizens can do their part for the river we all love,” said Costello.

The Cache la Poudre River descends eastward from Rocky Mountain National Park through the Poudre Canyon and then continues through Fort Collins. The wild and scenic Poudre River is the host to many activities including whitewater rafting, fishing, and kayaking. In the lower section closer to Fort Collins, the river is also paralleled by paved trails for horseback riding, biking and walking. The Poudre is a focal point for fun, fitness and beauty in Fort Collins!

“It’s thrilling to see so many people across the nation pitching in to protect their local river or favorite steam,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, the organization that sponsors National River Cleanup. “We applaud the work of Mountain Whitewater not just for speaking out for the Poudre River, but for taking action to keep it healthy.”

All are invited to meet at 9am on Saturday May 22, 2010 at Lee Martinez Park in the dirt parking lot on the northeast corner of Cherry Street and N. Mason Street. From there we will clean-up the banks of the Cache la Poudre River along the Poudre trail from Taft Hill Rd. to College Ave. A volunteer appreciation party will follow (sponsored by Back Country Provisions and Odell Brewing)!

If interested please contact Ben Costello at (970)419-0917 or email at, or visit our website at For more information on river cleanups happening throughout the watershed, around the state or across the country, visit:

Clean the Poudre 2010 Flyers