- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Volunteers who cleaned up the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs found everything from flip flops to a computer monitor hiding in the water.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/29QgAAc ) that volunteers helped clean up the river to mitigate the effects of recreation, including tubing.

During the cleanup after the busy Fourth of July, volunteers removed 324 aluminum cans, 246 cigarette butts, 231 water bottles, 115 flip flops, 54 unopened beers, 39 T-shirts, 18 sandbags, 13 large liquor bottles and several shotgun shells from the waterway. Street signs and underwear were also found in the water.

Friends of the Yampa board member Pete Van De Carr says the Yampa isn’t a lazy river and tubers should realize anything they drop in the water will be swiftly carried away.

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This story has been corrected to change “bust” to “busy” in 3rd paragraph.

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Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, https://steamboatpilot.com/


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