Colorado River Cleanup


photos by photo by Lee Gelatt Photography, Bill Cort, and Dave Grossman

Colorado River Cleanup

13th Annual event offered the opportunity to perform a deep cleaning on Grand Valley rivers

That's a wrap! With  the support of more than a dozen organizations, 46 volunteers took to the water at 9am on Saturday, August 4th and floated, paddled, walked, and even dragged a fleet of watercraft down two stretches of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers cleaning the rivers as they went. After more than six hours on the water, an impressive amount of trash was removed from our rivers including:

  • 15 cubic yards of trash
  • countless cans, plastic, and glass bottles
  • 19 tires including giant tractor tires
  • 1,000 pounds of metal
  • 2 shopping carts
  • 4 bicycles
  • 1 bassinet
  • 1 trap skeet launcher
  • 1 wading pool
  • 1 fuel tank
  • 6’ of 2" steel cable
  • 1 painted bronze eagle statue


The low waters required the volunteers to work extra hard to maneuver their fully loaded rafts, duckies, canoes and SUPs, but it also gave the cleaning crew access to some trash that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. 2018 was a deep cleaning year.

Together we invested more than 300 hours of volunteer work on Saturday that directly benefits the communities of the Grand Valley. Our rivers are cleaner, helping protect our vital water, native fish, birds, and reptiles. The rivers are safer for recreation with the removal of half a ton of sharp metal. The banks are cleaner and more enjoyable when recreating or simply relaxing at the water’s edge. The lifeblood of the Grand Valley is flowing better today thanks to your support. I hope you will get out and enjoy it soon. Our rivers are beautiful gems to be appreciated.

We look forward to all the support again next year.

Thank you,

Dave Grossman, River Cleanup Coordinator

Colorado Riverfest, PBC


    Colorado River Cleanup Supported by:

    5-2-1 Drainage Authority

    Colorado State Parks

    Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM

    Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

    City of Fruita

    City of Grand Junction

    Town of Palisade

    Mesa County

    REI

    Lee Gelatt Photography

    Edgewater Brewery

    One Riverfront

    RiversEdge West

    Whitewater West

    Grand Valley Paddling Club

    Bob Richardson

    Doug Van Etten