On Saturday, October 25 approximately 100 people participated in the Colorado River Cleanup in honor of National Public Lands Day. We were really happy to see so many people come out to help with the cleanup said Alicia Rabas, wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management Needles and organizer of the event.
The cleanup began at 8:00 a.m. and ended with a cook-out in the afternoon at Santa Fe Park in front of the historic Harvey House. Despite the terrible Santa Ana winds, volunteers filled two 40-yard dumpsters while cleaning between Needles and Topock.
The cleanup involved a partnership
between the Bureau of Land Management Needles and Lake Havasu Field Offices,
City of Needles, Havasu Wildlife Refuge, and County of San Bernardino. Participants
were entered into a drawings for prizes donated by several local businesses.
The top prize was a two-night free stay at Ramada Express Hotel & Casino
Laughlin. Funds for the cook-out, raffle and clean up supplies were donated
by the Public Lands Foundation, Needles Senior Center, Holsum Bread, Colorado
River Distributors, Bashas, Harrahs Laughlin Hotel & Casino,
Eagles Needles Aerie 2599, Cycleworks, Spirit Mountain Casino.
At the cookout later, the Eagles did the cooking so the volunteers could take a well-deserved break:
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