River Cleanup a Success

Volunteers unload trash they have collected, from pickup truck into dumpster

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.

Trash was scattered along the river

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.

Volunteers kept filling pickup trucks, as the cleaned up more trashA dumpster on the way to filling up

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’, Harrah’s 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:

Volunteers gather at the picnic afterwards


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