Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- Some call it the artery of the Grand Valley and volunteers are ensuring it stays as clean and as beautiful as possible.
The Water Club hosted its ninth annual Colorado River Clean Up Saturday.
"I'm really passionate about the health of the Western Rivers and this is a great way to kind of get out into the community and do something local," said volunteer Audrey Butler. "There's a lot of trash that builds up over the course of the year."
65 volunteers covered the river from the Redlands Parkway to Loma picking up litter and debris.
"I think we are really connected to our rivers because it's such a life source for us both recreationally and agriculturally," Bulter said. "It provides us with drinking water and water for our lawns and everything."
Park rangers said these types of events are important because litter can be dangerous to wildlife.
"Birds can get wrapped up into that stuff," said Troy Schnurr, of the Bureau of Land Management. "If it looks shiny, they can eat it plus it's just ugly."
Event coordinators estimated they would collect 12 cubic yards of trash and 10 tires by the end of the day.
"Anytime people come down, if they see trash they normally pick it up," Schnurr said. "Today is a big effort of just following up with that and seeing what kind of stuff we can pull out."
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