GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 is partnering with Xcel Energy to provide nine different wildland restoration projects next month. It’s called a “Day of Service” and one of those projects is on the Cache la Poudre River .

CBS4’s Nina Sparano traveled to Greeley for a look at how the Day of Service will help keep the river clean.

In Colorado people don’t have to drive up to the mountains to enjoy the wildlife. Rivers, lakes and streams are right in everyone’s back yard.

“I don’t think people often take the time to take a step out of their own lives and give back to the community they’re in,” Stephanie Scott with Colorado Trout Unlimited said.

The beauty in Colorado’s rivers is in jeopardy.

“You’re daily water usage; brushing your teeth, washing your dishes, and most importantly, watering your lawn, which most of the rivers in Colorado go towards watering people’s grass; is impacting the river health,” Scott said.

Eighty percent of Colorado’s population lives on the Front Range. Water from rivers and lakes is being pumped into urban areas to keep up with demand, leaving behind depleted rivers and their habitat.

Xcel Energy’s Day of Service is a chance to give back. The Poudre Learning Center and Trout Unlimited are asking the community to get their feet wet and their hands dirty.

“(To) give the chance for kids to go out in a safe place and have access to the river is incredible,” Jake Lemon with Colorado Trout Unlimited said.

It’s also a chance to learn about Colorado wildlife, the environment, and to keep Colorado’s wildlife and environment healthy and beautiful.

“This is a chance for people to come and get involved and make sure that we have a chance to improve the place that we live and keep the quality of life that we all enjoy,” Lemon said.

Sign up to help clean up the state as part of the Day of Service. It’s Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Poudre River cleanup is just one of the projects around the state.

Additional Resources

Sign up to help out at the river as part of the Xcel Energy Day of Service. That takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

CBS4 has partnered with Xcel Energy to provide nine different wildland restoration projects on the Day of Service.

LINK: Xcel Energy Day Of Service


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