Voice of the River

Task Force to Host Seventh Annual Upper Gallatin River Cleanup

Volunteers to Meet in the Big Sky Community Park on Thursday, August 30th at 2 PM

The Gallatin River Task Force will host the seventh annual Upper Gallatin River Cleanup on August 30th at 2 PM.

Volunteers will pick up trash from the banks of the Gallatin River between the Yellowstone National Park boundary and the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, as well as cleaning up streams in the Big Sky area. Last year, over one hundred volunteers removed 1,000 pounds of trash from the watershed.

“The river cleanup is a signature Task Force event that brings a community of river lovers together to give back to the Gallatin,” explained Kristin Gardner, Executive Director of the Task Force.

This year, all volunteers will be eligible to win an RTIC cooler donated by Rick Donaldson. In addition, the individual that finds the most unique item will receive a Task Force hat or t-shirt.

Volunteers will meet at the Big Sky Community Park river pavilion to receive cleanup assignments and supplies, disperse to cleanup sites throughout the watershed, and pick up trash. The group will return with their trash to the Community Park around 5 PM for free barbecue and beer courtesy of Lone Peak Brewery.

The Task Force is seeking volunteer leaders to commit in advance to attend the river cleanup. Leaders will be responsible for recruiting teams of four to six people to focus on high traffic river access points. Volunteers can choose their favorite river access point and will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Stephanie Lynn, Task Force Education and Communications Coordinator, at stephanie@gallatinrivertaskforce.org or (406) 993-2519.

The 2018 Upper Gallatin River Cleanup was supported by Big Sky Area Resort Tax District, L & L Site Services, Lone Peak Brewery, Lone Peak High School, and Rick Donaldson.

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