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Monday, September 20, 2010

22nd Annual Reverse Colorado River Run -Yuma to Blythe

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office and the Amigos del Rio need volunteers with boats to participate in the 22nd Annual Reverse River Run. The event is a two-day clean up of the Colorado River shoreline between Yuma, Ariz., and Blythe, Calif.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Fishers Landing for a pre-trip signup and briefing. They will then clean the shorelines as they cruise up-river approximately 70 miles north to Blythe, Calif. A traditional halfway point is Walters Camp where gasoline may be purchased and a lunch break is taken.

Participants may camp overnight at the KOA (previously the Riviera Marina) for $6 per person, and a barbecue consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs will be held Saturday evening. The cost of the barbecue is $4 per person. Following the barbecue, prizes will be awarded for various categories of trash collection. On Sunday morning, participants will begin their leisurely return to Fishers Landing.

Safety is a primary concern. Participants are asked to come prepared for overnight camping and weather extremes typical for this time of year. Participants must have life vests, hats, sturdy gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant, and plenty of water. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own food and beverages for the weekend. No pets please.

Arizona’s rivers and streams are a precious commodity. Please help keep the Colorado River shoreline clean by joining us for this exciting event. For further information, please contact Amigos del Rio member Smokey Knowlton at 928-783-6353 or Yuma River Tours at 928-783-4400.


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