Gunnison River Float Trip and Clean Up!

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Gunnison River Float Trip and Clean Up!

Join Western Colorado Congress, Western Slope Adventures, Colorado Canyons Association, and the Grand Junction BLM SaturdaDom-Escal NCA Canoes 105y, July 26th for a day on the Gunnison River.

On a recent float trip of the river, members noticed a huge amount of trash in and on the river banks. The high water from the spring run-off dislodged lots of junk and we’d like to clean it up! Afterwards we will celebrate the effort with a BBQ at Bill Heddles Park in Delta.  You do not need to have a boat to participate; we’ve got empty seats and would love to have you!

WHEN/WHERE: Sat July 26th, 8AM-4PM

WCC & WSA are teaming up to float & clean the Delta to Escalante section or the river. We are meeting at the boat launch behind the Bill Heddles Recreation Center at 8:00 AM. Once we drop off boats and excess people, we will set up a car shuttle so we can be on the water by 9:30 AM. The plan is to be off the water by 4:00 PM.

After the float, we will meet back at Bill Heddles for a BBQ & post event festivities. CCA will supply burgers and beverages. Participants are asked to please bring a picnic-type side dish to share.

WHO/WHAT BOATS:

BLM would like 10-15 volunteers for this section of the river. Again, you do not need a boat to participate as we have empty seats at the moment. However if you would like to bring a boat, please note that inflatable kayaks and small paddle rafts may work best as they are easy to get in & out of, as well as to lean over the side without concern about capsizing.

WHAT TO BRING:

-PFD/Lifejacket (bring if you have, if you don’t, let us know when you RSVP & we will secure one for you)

-Snacks and water- easy, high energy snacks since we’ll have a feast afterwards

-2-3 quarts of drinking water

-Clothing/Sun Protection- broad brimmed hat, sunglasses (lots of reflected sunlight off the water), sunscreen, long pants & or shirt, bandanna, whatever else you need to protect yourself from the sun!

-Garden/lawn rake for other implement to reach into the brush for trash & debris

Colorado Canyons Association will supply trash bags and rubber gloves. BLM will make arrangements to pick up/ transport the loads of bagged-trash so small boats will not need to carry it all the length of the float. Hope to see you on the river!

Contact Emily to RSVP: 970-256-7650, emily@wccongress.org

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