Special to the Montrose Daily Press

Volunteers are invited to help clean up the Uncompahgre River on Oct. 25.

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are hosting the cleanup at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk area of Ridgway State Park.

Snacks and drinks provided. All ages invited. For information and to sign up, visit https://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/unc-river-cleanup-at-pa-co-chu-puk-2021/ or call 970-325-3010 or email info@uncompahgrewatershed.org.

Did you know that fishing line takes up to 600 years to break down in nature? Plastic beverage bottles take up to 450 years, aluminum cans up to 200 years, styrofoam cups up to 50 years, nylon fabric up to 40 years, and cigarette filters up to five years.

Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is Ouray County’s most popular fly fishing location with fantastic trout habitat in the Uncompahgre River below Ridgway Dam and two ponds stocked with rainbow trout. Staff from local fishing guide services and outfitters will make up the central volunteer crews and the partnership welcomes anyone else interested in helping their efforts.

Montrose Anglers, RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service and Telluride Flyfishers are supporting this event.

The partnership will provide bags and buckets for volunteers to use as they pick up fishing line and the various litter left behind by river users. Volunteers are encouraged, even if they can’t stay for the full three hours.

Please bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes and work clothes. Masks are required when assembled in a group for instructions and other times when social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained. Sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

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