It’s both humbling and gratifying to see the community come together for the River. On August 10th, the Bitter Root Water Forum hosted our annual River Clean Up. From Sula and Painted Rocks to Missoula, volunteers headed to the River to float or walk sections and pick up trash they found.
I heard time and time again from volunteers that they didn’t find as much trash this year. What a great thing to hear!
To me that means that people are being more aware of their trash, taking the time to pick up trash they find throughout the year, and hopefully utilizing the Water Forum’s Clean Up All Year reusable bag program. We started the Clean Up All Year program in 2018 and have distributed over 4,000 reusable mesh clean up bags over the two years of the program so far.
Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to clean up the Bitterroot, the folks who helped make the event happen, and our local sponsors: Farmers State Bank, Bitterroot Conservation District, Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association, Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot, Bitterroot Drug, Rapp Family Foundation, Mainstreet Toys, First Security Bank, Cybernet1, Water Master Rafts, A2Z Personnel, Bitter Root Brewing, Westslope Distillery, Fishs Eddy O Outfitters, Go West Outfitters, Freestone Fly Shop, Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Allegra, Evan’s Ace Hardware, Geum Environmental Consulting, TrailWest Bank, Bitterroot Disposal, Runner’s Edge, Higherground Brewing, Iron Horse Athletic Club, Hamilton Marketplace and Clear Water Systems.
— Katie Vennie, Hamilton
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