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Ride-a-thon held for water awareness

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

ARAPAHOE BASIN Front Range hydrogeologist Tanya Holtz realizes that she cant just flick her wrist and expect an endless supply of water, and that, in Colorado, water is a resource that cant be taken for granted.She and her husband want to spread that message to skiers and snowboarders who depend on the commodity for recreation. Together, they formed Snowriders for Rivers an informal group of snowboarders aiming to raise awareness of the impacts skiers and snowboarders have on mountain towns, resort communities and downstream water users. Its really so we can show that just because were in the thirsty Front Range doesnt mean we feel entitled to the water we get, Holtz said.On Saturday, May 6, Snowriders for Rivers will hold its first ride-a-thon at Arapahoe Basin to draw attention to water conservation and to raise money to send a teacher to the Colorado Foundation for Water Educations water leaders course next year.Snowriders hopes to collect $2,000 from the ride-a-thon and encourages riders to pledge $100 toward the cause, Holtz said.The ride-a-thon will be informal and the group welcomes any skiers or riders to join in for all or part of the day.The group will staff an informational booth, hand out stickers and promote environmentally sound practices such as carpooling to the mountain and reducing the amount of garbage snowriders generate at the mountain.Holtz is hoping to draw on crowds that will already be at the Basin on May 6 for its May Concert Series and the Huck, Rock and Roll slopestyle competition.For more information, contact Holtz at (303) 913-2361 or snowriders4rivers@yahoo.com.

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