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“It was a spectacularly beautiful day . . . they took care of all the details - we didn't even have to haul our own canoes/kayaks. We picked up tons of stuff and had a great time doing it. Everyone come out next May - you'll have a blast!”
Rivers such as the Rio Grande are unique and valuable resources, critical components in the circulatory system of our fragile planet. Sadly, many people don't understand the value of riparian ecosystems, and even more sadly, some decide that the river is an appropriate depository for unwanted items, from beer and soda cans to tires. Such trash is not only an eyesore, but also creates hazards to both people and the wildlife that makes the river its home.
One of the advantages of canoes and kayaks is that they can make pretty impressive freight haulers. So, given that we have found ourselves with a significant collection of paddlecraft, twice per year we coordinate with American Rivers, the Open Space Divisions of the cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, the Village of Corrales and other local communities, donate the use of our boats and provide shuttles to any volunteers that are willing to come out and help us clean up the Rio!
“I thought this day was amazing! From start to finish we were so welcomed. The group was professional, funny, fun and so nice. It was a wonderful time.”
Our next cleanup will be held on Saturday, May 30th, 2015, and we'd love to have you join us! We're planning on operating two sweeps - the first, starting at 7:30 AM, will cover the stretch from Bernalillo to Romero Rd in Corrales, and include the Rio Rancho Open Space reach. Our second group will arrive at 10:30 AM, taking over the watercraft from the early group and continue through Corrales to the takeout at Alameda.
So, if you've had some experience paddling loaded canoes on moving water, are willing to volunteer a few hours of time, and would like to make a positive environmental impact, please contact us! These events do involve some hard work, but they're surprisingly fun!