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Creek Week Highlights
Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District hosted the 7th Annual Creek Week Cleanup. Like most events Creek Week was a little different this year, but even though groups were smaller this watershed cleanup had a big impact! 1800 volunteers participated in 86 cleanups over the course of 9 days. Sondermann Park hosted three workdays, LOTS of invasive trees were removed. Pueblo Boys and Girls Club had a Fishing Derby for 27 youth. Manitou Springs Elementary School held a Storm Drain Art Contest. TOSC lead 3 volunteer crews and collected 32 bags of trash from Shooks Run and Rock Island Trails. The strangest items found this year: suitcase, dentures, and hood to a smart car. Most common items found during TOSC’s cleanups: cigarette butts and plastic bags.
“Picking up trash I quickly realized how easily our waterways can be polluted and why it is so important to regularly work to keep them open and clean,” – volunteer
Be sure to check out “art constructed of trash” gathered during Creek Week located just south of I-25 and Cimarron St. at Berm. Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance working with the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District Creek Week and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region organized the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project. Concrete Couch constructed the letters. Volunteers collected the trash from public lands and waterways. This years’ word appropriately enough is “resilient.” It will be on display through the end of October.