Volunteers needed for river cleanup
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office and the Amigos del Rio need volunteers with boats to participate in the 25th Annual Reverse River Run this weekend. The event is a two-day clean up of the Colorado River shoreline between Yuma and Blythe.
Volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. Saturday at Fishers Landing for a pre-trip signup and briefing. Volunteers will then clean the shorelines as they cruise up-river approximately 70 miles north to Blythe. A traditional halfway point is Walters Camp where gasoline may be purchased and a lunch break is taken.
Participants may camp overnight at the Riviera RV Resort for $6 per person, and a barbecue consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs will be held Saturday evening. The cost of the barbecue is $4 per person. Following the barbecue, prizes will be awarded for various categories of trash collection. On Sunday morning, participants will begin their leisurely return to Fishers Landing.
Safety is a primary concern. Participants are asked to come prepared for overnight camping and weather extremes typical for this time of year. Volunteers should bring life vests, hats, sturdy gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water.
Event T-shirts will be available for sale during the event.
Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own food and beverages for the weekend.
Event organizers ask volunteers to leave any pets at home during the clean up.
For further information contact Ron Knowlton at 928-920-4401 or Smokey Knowlton at 928-920-4420.