A Cleaner Clear 2021 – 2nd Annual!!!!

Ever picked up a random piece of trash and won a $150 Patagonia bag? How about a 4 banger roof rack River Quiver from Riversmith? Or maybe you like ice cream. Our great friends at Scoops Homemade Ice Cream have some prizes you might get all over your face. If you said no, then you have to come to the 2nd annual A Cleaner Clear river cleanup! Last year we gave away some pretty outstanding prizes for folks who came in with strange objects, sometimes phalic in nature, some of them I’m positive were pieces of a crime scene. Nevertheless, trading a little community service for fly rods and other ridiculously cool prizes seems like reason enough to attend this year as the prizes keep getting better every day.


This is your river. Let’s not treat it like a trash can.

This year we were going to focus on the area we did last year due to some Jeffco red tape. We will hit Adams County again this year across from Napa on 70th Ave. We will try to hit a different stretch of Clear Creek every year because they all need help. It’s a river that contributes to our recreational aspirations, drinking water, and Colorado’s beauty. This dear river gets neglected to a point of shame therefore it’s up to us to do our part to bring it back to its former glory.

A morning on Clear Creek Canyon last year. The bounty was terrible! The result was satisfaction.

This year we will all meet up at the Napa parking lot (2101 CO-224, Denver, CO 80229) at 9am for coffee and breakfast then disperse along the riverbanks and highway to fill as many bags of crap as we can before noon. We’ll meet up for lunch (from Moe’s Barbeque!) and prizes will be given away for things such as most plastic bottles picked up, strangest object, most reusable object, most masks picked up, etc., and we’ll come up with other categories along the way. Last year someone brought in a mattress and won a guided fly fishing trip with Blue Quill Anglers! Pinch yourself.

So far we have donations from local businesses like Moe’s Barbeque, The Drake Magazine, PCL Construction, RMH Group, Urban Anglers USA, Trouts, Prodigy Coffeehouse, Half Baked Harvest, Stranahan’s Whiskey, TOPO, Riversmith, Fishpond, Rep Your Water, The Thin Man bar, St. Marks Coffeehouse, Denver Art Museum, Lodge Casino, Museum of Nature and Science, Golden River Sports, Meyer Hardware, Feral Denver, Anglers All, History Colorado Center, Thrivent Financial, Umpqua, Frankly Organic Vodka, Orvis Cherry Creek, The Golden Hotel, and many, many others. El Dorado Canyon Water is donating drinking water to the event, but not in plastic bottles so bring your own container to fill. We are always looking for ideas and sponsors, so if you have any leads or just thoughts let us know!!

We are beyond excited about this year’s festivities! Tell your friends and family all about it as we need boots on the ground more than anything.


September 11. 9am. Napa parking lot. See you there!!!! (Maybe we’ll do a little fishing afterwards)

Published by William Bussard

Camp, fly fish, clean up, write. Three daughters. Staying out of trouble.

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