photos by David Halterman
Now that river levels have dropped, monsoon season is over, and tuber sightings are as rare as ants teeth, the banks of the Animas River have been calling for a bit of attention. Well, they got it last Saturday morning as local volunteers came out to cash in on a little river karma while tidying up the shoreline. Organized by Ty Churchwell of Trout Unlimited, the river maids were given gloves, trash bags, water, and as many Cliff Bars as they could stuff into their pockets and sent out to clean a predetermined 1/4 mile stretch of river, between 32nd Street and Santa Rita Park. Whether it was beer cans, whiskey bottles, underwear or shopping carts, the crews dragged and bagged an assortment of river garbage, while the city did its part by collecting and disposing of the mess from collection points along the river trail. Keeping Durangos lifeblood unspoiled is everyones responsibility, so thanks to those who came out on Saturday to do their part.