By Jennifer Vesper
On Saturday June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you will see many volunteers up and down the banks of the Weber River.
The large scale clean-up will run from Henefer to Morgan. After trash is collected, there will be food, prizes and music.
At 10 a.m. volunteers will meet by the river and fill as many garbage bags as they can from public access points on the river (or private land, with property owner’s permission).
Dawna Zukirmi, river specialist, said this group needs as many volunteers as they can get. Many hands make light work and the benefits of the effort will affect the entire community of Morgan.
If you’re planning to walk and collect garbage on land at public access points, join volunteer groups by the river at Taggart, exit 108 at 10 a.m. for river bank clean-up site suggestions. Or, pre-select your site and start there, but you must contact Zukirmi ahead of time to pre-select a site.
If you’re planning to paddle a raft or kayak from Taggart to Morgan and collect garbage at water level, plan to start your float from Taggart at 10 a.m. If you’re planning to paddle a raft or kayak from Henefer to Taggart and collect garbage at water level, plan to start your float from the public put-in at Henefer (the biggest parking lot at the end of the dirt road) at exit 112 at 10 a.m.
At 1 p.m. volunteers will bring garbage collected to Taggart for prizes, music and food.
Destination Sports, Park City Adventure Center and other guide companies will be involved with sending guides, rafts and duckies down to collect trash. Private kayakers may want to hook up with a raft to carry the trash they collect on the Hen-Tag or Tag-Morgan stretch.
Taggart’s Grill and Zuki Imports will be donating gift certificates and cookies as prizes for the people who collect the most trash.
Utah Whitewater Gear will be hosting a BBQ for the trash-collecting volunteers.
Please come prepared with your own gloves and trash bags. As always, Zukirmi would like to remind volunteers to put safety first. For those cleaning on land, there is no need to get close to the water, especially if there are high water conditions. You can focus your trash collecting efforts away from the water, and around the trails, parking and other public access areas near the river. Please don’t risk falling in.
This is a great service opportunity for community, church and scout groups. Zukirmi said the group is still looking for more prizes, drinks and snack donations from businesses or individuals and would welcome any help in that direction.
If you know a private property owner with a river trash problem, please contact them and offer to clean on their property.
Please contact Dawna Zukirmi at 801-829-3394 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP, to pre-select a clean-up site, or to donate prizes or food and drink.