Largest watershed cleanup returns this month

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The largest watershed cleanup in the state returns for its sixth year on September 28.

Creek Week takes volunteers throughout the Fountain Creek Watershed to clean up litter along the creek, trails, parks, and open spaces.

The watershed extends from the Palmer Lake to Trinidad, including 10 different communities for the nine-day effort.

It’s common for trash and debris to end up in our local waterways, causing problems for wildlife and people.

“It’s very disturbing to see the amount of litter we have along our trails and open spaces,” Allison Schuch with Fountain Creek Watershed District explained. “It impacts our water quality. Fifteen percent of water quality, comes from local sources, so this helps protect water that we use every day.”

The event is also a chance to raise awareness about the watershed, our water supply, the district and the littering issue, to make our communities cleaner, safer and more beautiful.

“I like to say little choices we make big difference,” Creek Week volunteer Jerry Cordova said. “If we all were to do that an hour a week, we could certainly keep the community clean and healthy.”

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If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and volunteering, you can pick a date and location here.

CORRECTION: This story originally listed an incorrect date for the start of Creek Week. The story has been updated with the correct information.

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