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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

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Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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Registered: September 2009
City/Town/Province: Bellvue
Posts: 1
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For my photo essay, I went to Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, CO. I drive past that reservoir almost every day. Every time I look over to the left or right shoulder of the road, I see lots of garbage, as well as recyclables. I have been disappointed by this sight every time I pass by. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands. I brought my trash bag, camera, and my step-mom to take the pictures. I went up and down the road, picking up every piece of trash I could find. About 75% of all the garbage that was on the side of the road was recyclables, and some of it was even alcohol cans and bottles. I know that the drunk driving rate is lower in Colorado than most other states, however, it is very disappointing that there are still people driving under the influence, and even throwing their trash and empty bottles onto the road! Horsetooth Reservoir is home to many animals, fish, and it is a very popular swimming beach and camping spot. My friends and I hang out at that reservoir a lot of the time. It is a very beautiful lake, and there are many people that visit it. It is very sad that people litter it with their garbage and alcohol bottles. I would like to see a change within the next couple of years, and hopefully I will inspire more people to pick up the garbage and stop littering!
Date: September 7, 2009 Views: 3496 File size: 35.5kb, 69.0kb : 480 x 640
Hours Volunteered: 20
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1.2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 2.25
Native Trees Planted: 6
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