Creek Week accomplishes huge trash haul

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Last year during Creek Week, volunteers picked up 840 bags of trash totaling about 7 tons, from the Fountain Creek Watershed. 

As I pointed several weeks ago in Simplicity, the trash functions not just as an eyesore and embarrassment, but also as a public safety risk, a public health concern, and an ongoing threat to wildlife, fragile wetlands and farmland.

This year, the organizing agencies saw a sharp rise in participation and junk collected. 

From Colorado Springs Utilities project manager Allison Plute, here's this year's numbers:

Watershed-wide we had over 1,500 people in 55 different groups collect nearly 19,000 pounds (9.5 tons) of litter and debris from our parks, trails, open spaces and waterways.

This is over twice the participation of last year and over 2 tons more removed! We determined the average bag holds 20 pounds, and this does not include items that can't fit in bags - construction debris, shopping carts, etc.

Breakdowns by community:

Pueblo     196 people     256 bags

Colorado Springs     532 people     397 bags

Fountain     193 people     213 bags

Chipeta Park     30 people     20 bags

Woodland Park     9 people     12 bags

Manitou Springs     572 people     34 bags

Total           1,532 people              932 bags         18,640 lbs. ( 9.32 tons)
Abandoned homeless camps contribute sizable volumes of trash to Fountain Creek's watershed. - COURTESY CREEK WEEK
  • Courtesy Creek Week
  • Abandoned homeless camps contribute sizable volumes of trash to Fountain Creek's watershed.

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