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)
Courtesy Creek Week
Abandoned homeless camps contribute sizable volumes of trash to Fountain Creek's watershed.