Summit County clean up, recycling event scheduled for Saturday, May 21 |

Summit County clean up, recycling event scheduled for Saturday, May 21

Help clean up your county, Summit

Summit County residents are invited to the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 21, hosted by the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP).

As a part of the event, the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne are organizing citizen volunteers to help spruce up their communities by helping beautify neighborhoods, parks, open spaces, business areas and trails.

Volunteer check-in begins at 9 a.m. in each town. During check-in, volunteers will receive gloves, trash bags, area assignments, as well as coffee and treats. At noon after a morning of work, volunteers will be rewarded at each check-in site with a zero-waste thank-you picnic and celebration of community pride.

The SCRAP, in partnership with the High County Conservation Center, will accept electronics, pharmaceutical drugs, household hazardous waste and textile recycling on the day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Summit Stage Bus Barn (located at 222 County Shops Rd., next to the County Commons in Frisco). For additional information or for a list of accepted items, visit:, or call (970) 468-9263.

For the Town Clean Up Day extension, volunteers are asked to meet at the following locations, each at 9 a.m.:

-Breckenrdige: Riverwalk Center

-Frisco: Historic Park

-Dillon: Town Hall

-Silverthorne: Rainbow Park

Free annual recyling event now accepts clothing

Summit County will hold its free annual recycling event in concert with Countywide Cleanup Day, on Saturday, May 21. And this year, the county is adding textiles to the list of accepted special-waste items, which also includes electronics, household hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals.

“We’re always looking for new strategies to conserve resources, protect water quality and help divert material from the landfill, so we’re excited to be able to accept a whole new category of items at this year’s recycling event,” Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “And the event comes just in time for spring cleaning, when everyone is clearing out their closets and garages.”

The recycling event, free to all Summit County residents and property owners, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Summit Stage Bus Barn, 0222 County Shops Road, Frisco, next to the County Commons. During last year’s events, Summit County collected 94.5 tons of electronics, 239 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 18.8 tons of household hazardous waste.

Accepted textiles include worn-out clothes, shoes, accessories (e.g., hats, handbags, belts), towels, bedding, drapes and linens, all of which will be collected by the Denver division of USAgain, which has been in the textile collection business for 16 years. The company resells all items collected to wholesale buyers, thrift store chains and textile recyclers. Carpet and pillows are not accepted.

For Summit residents and property owners who can’t make it to the event, the SCRAP also accepts household hazardous waste and electronics for free drop-off onsite during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, in order to increase the convenience of special waste disposal. Proof of residency or property ownership is required.

High Country Conservation Center is recruiting volunteers to assist with the May 21 collection event. For more information about Summit County’s collection, disposal and recycling of special waste, or to volunteer, contact the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703, or visit

River study shows groundwater’s role in the West

More than half of the Upper Colorado River Basin’s streamflow originates as groundwater, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.

The Colorado River Basin currently supports an estimated 50 million people, and that amount is expected to increase by 23 million by 2030. On average, 90 percent of streamflow in the Colorado River Basin begins in the Upper Basin, which is the area above Lees Ferry, Arizona. The water has a multitude of uses that include irrigation, urban and industrial purposes, electric power generation, mining, recreation, and supporting livestock, fish and wildlife habitats.

“These findings could help decision-makers effectively manage current and future water resources in the Colorado River Basin,” USGS scientist and study lead Matthew Miller said in a news release. “In light of recent droughts, predicted climate changes and human consumption, there is an urgent need for us all to continue to think of groundwater and surface water as a single resource.”

Researcher studied data at 146 sites along the Upper Colorado River Basin to create a model that predicts and maps where streamflows begin in the basin, and analysis showed that 56 percent of the streamflows comes from groundwater.

The model better approximates the amount of water lost during stream transport to the Lower Colorado River Basin — much of it due to withdrawals for irrigation and evaporation to the atmosphere. In the high elevation headwaters, there is a greater percentage of snowmelt and precipitation that contributes to the surface-water streamflow. Then, as water flows further into the basin at lower elevations, a great percentage of that streamflow is from groundwater.

For more information about the USGS, or this study, which was conducted by its WaterSMART initiative, in addition to the National Water Quality Assessment Project of the National Water Quality Program, visit:

Help move a moose for CPW

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the agency tasked with managing the state’s outdoor recreation, education and wildlife, needs volunteers in Summit County for its Wildlife Transport Team.

The team is an all volunteer group of citizens devoted to helping CPW respond to wildlife emergencies and an information session for potentially interested individuals will be held Monday, May 16, at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. During the session, CPW will screen applicants and review requirements and expectations.

“Volunteers help us by responding and assisting with certain types of wildlife calls, usually small mammals and birds that are injured or causing a nuisance,” Elissa Knox, Summit County district wildlife manager, said in a release. “Our current team has several seasoned volunteers that are an invaluable asset. We encourage people to join them and help us educate the public and help wildlife.”

The initial information session starts at 7 p.m. this upcoming Monday, May 16, and the Summit County North Branch Library located at 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne. For more information about this opportunity, visit CPW’s website at:

Compiled by Kevin Fixler

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