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ABQ Mayor Calls on Citizens To Help Clean Up the River

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Effort next month will include trash pickup in the bosque along the Rio Grande

City Hall wants help cleaning up the Rio Grande next month.

The effort will involve guided rafts, graffiti removal and trash pickup.

“As our city grows, citizen stewardship of the river and its bosque becomes more and more important,” Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said in a news release. “Participating in the National River Cleanup is a great way to help spread the word that we care about our Rio.”

The cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15, starting at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and the river. To register, call REI at 247-1191 or stop by the store at 1550 Mercantile NE.

There are several ways to participate:

  • People of all ages can pick up trash or help remove graffiti along the Central Avenue bridge.
  • You can organize a group cleanup in your favorite part of the bosque by calling the city Open Space Division at 452-5200 or by e-mailing kswanson@cabq.gov. The city will supply trash bags and dispose of the trash.
  • A limited number of guided rafts will be available to help people remove trash from the river between Montaño Bridge and Central Avenue. Arrive early at the Central location to reserve space on a raft. Children must be at least 7 to ride on the rafts, and those under 18 must have a parent or guardian.
  • People with their own boats are encouraged to help clean the river, too. Call the Open Space Division.
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