Floating down the river is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy a Saturday morning, but for many volunteering meant no time to kick back.
"I just don't like to see people trashing up something so pretty."
The Annual Colorado River Clean-Up is now in it's 8th year. The event organizer, Robert Richardson, says he's always pleased to see how many other people care about keeping it so clean.
"About a total of 65 volunteerssyndicast. We have 40 working on a land crew above where the water the water is insufficient for boating," he said.
Some volunteers used boats to float down stream. They would stop along shore anytime they saw trash from the water.
"Tires and various trash, everything from water bottles to beer cans, soda cans and whatever else is filtered in," Richardson said.
But there is one thing different about the clean up this year. Instead of floating from Palisade to Loma picking up trash, volunteers will begin in Grand Junction.
"We've had to readjust to water conditions this year and we moved some clean up down river," Richardson said. "We're doing a section down below that we haven't done before so we're looking to see what happens there."
And no matter what happens volunteers are sure they will not leave with empty trash bags.
"The water level is a lot lower there's a lot more day use I've noticed this year on the river. just kids in tubes and stuff," volunteer Jim Feif said.
"We had some very high water last year. We expect that if they get up into the bushes they'll find pretty good deposits of trash that filtered out from the high water last year," Richardson said.
On average, the volunteers say they fill between four and six large dumpsters each year totaling 20-30 yards of trash. They also find a few dozen tires during the annual clean-ups.