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Havasu NWR-Colorado River Clean-up
Southwest Region, September 28, 2013
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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), in partnership with Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu NWR, hosted their second annual Colorado River Clean-Up event on Saturday September 28, 2013. This event was held in conjunction with events across the country as part of National Public Lands Day.


40 volunteers joined Refuge staff and friends group volunteers for a morning paddle helping to remove litter from the river and shoreline. Participants gathered at Castle Rock Bay to begin the 4.5 mile paddle south to the new canoe/kayak launch ramp at Mesquite Bay. Volunteers removed a large assortment of litter to include truck tires, inflatable pools and a large section of abandoned boat dock. The area they worked in is a back water off the main channel that provides habitat for migratory birds and river grass beds that act as nurseries for fish.

The Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges are members of a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the refuge and the refuge system.

Contact Info: Allan Murray, (928) 667-4144 X28, al_murray@fws.gov
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