Volunteers Collect Over 500lbs of Trash at Lower Gallatin River Cleanup!

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The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council’s first annual Lower Gallatin River Cleanup was a great success. Seventeen community volunteers turned out on a beautiful fall morning to help remove over 500 pounds of trash from the Axtell Bridge and Cameron Bridge Fishing Access sites on Saturday, October 14th.

Volunteer teams collected tires, cans, cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing line, glass bottles, car parts, barbed wire, and diapers. Interesting items found included a railroad tie, several pillows, a water-logged couch cushion, an intact glass lamp shade and a red dog collar with a tag for “Jenny”.

Rich McEldowney with Confluence Consulting generously donated his time and truck and trailer to haul a trailer load of trash to the Logan Landfill. Fins and Feathers of Bozeman donated a dozen beautiful flies, which we raffled off after the event. Congratulations to our raffle winner, Tony Haag!

Many of the volunteers that came out talked about how they use the Lower Gallatin and what it means for them personally, whether through fishing, recreation or the significance to wildlife. We recognized our privilege as residents of the Gallatin Watershed to enjoy the beauty and diversity of our home as well as our responsibility to be good stewards. A big thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers that gave their time to help keep our river clean!

We are grateful for the sponsors that made the Lower Gallatin River Cleanup possible: American Rivers, Confluence Consulting, SIMMS, Fins and Feathers Fly Shop, Murdochs, Rockford Coffee, and BagelWorks.