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Cleaning up along Southern Colorado waterways the focus of Creek Week

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Creek Week starts this weekend in Southern Colorado. It's a chance for volunteers to get out and help clean up the areas along the many creeks and rivers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

The rain has added a lot of debris to the yearly clean-up event along the Fountain Creek Watershed. Thousands of people are expected to come out and help, working along creeks from the Palmer Divide all the way to Pueblo.

"We're all downstream from somewhere else and to get people to realize their daily impacts do influence, not only just our local community but Fountain Creek is actually connected to the ocean. The Arkansas River in Pueblo goes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico," said Allison Plute, the organizer of Creek Week.

Volunteers have been warned to steer clear of the many homeless camps along the waterways and to report the locations.

"That's one of the reasons we do a safety training with our crew leaders is to say if there are places that look like people are living there, we don't want them touching or going near those sites," Plute said. 

The volunteers will report back the amount of trash they find, the types of trash they find and anything else they notice, including homeless camps.

Click here to learn more about Creek Week.

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