By Dominic Garcia

DENVER (CBS4)– You can’t go much more than a few yards along the South Platte River without seeing trash. In the water and along the riverbanks you’ll find everything from plastic bottles to shopping carts.

“There’s a lot of disgusting things you find,” said Dean Ronzoni, Director of corporate development for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

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Ronzoni says the pollution along the Platte hits the environment hard on a number of fronts.

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“There’s effects to all different forms of the environment. From the habitat that’s here to the animals that are living and creating this as their home,” he told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

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This weekend Leave No Trace is organizing a huge cleanup effort of the river. It will be on Saturday, Oct. 27 and will cover an 11-mile stretch of the South Platte, starting near Confluence Park.

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We’re going to be inviting anyone who wants to come and get their hands dirty. Help us out and make this place a little bit better than it was,” said Ronzoni.

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This is the second time his organization has hosted the event. Last time they picked up hundreds of pounds of trash in just a few hours. Ronzoni says if you can’t make it, think about the difference you can make on your own time. Maybe that means picking up a piece of trash or two whenever you’re enjoying all the Platte has to offer.

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“It does make a difference. If you’re commuting on your bike to work and you find a couple of pieces of trash and pick them up it certainly makes a difference.”

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Volunteers will meet Sat., Oct. 27 at the Downtown Aquarium at 3 p.m. The event will last until 5 p.m. and afterwards volunteers will be treated to a party with free food and beer.

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Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.


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