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Dolores River Boating Advocates leads boating trips, provides teach stewardship

Dolores River boating Advocates work to engage communities with Dolores River. (Courtesy DRBA)
DRBA engages community in river activities

Dolores River Boating Advocates work to engage youths, families and community members with Dolores River.

Despite low water this spring, DRBA organized two full-day boating trips on Dolores River above McPhee Dam. The first trip, on May 8, included nine students and two adult staff members of the School Community Youth Collaborative. The second trip, on May 22, provided four Montezuma County families the opportunity to go boating together, and included eight youths and four adults.

Both trips were made possible through generous support from Great Outdoors Colorado, Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours, and Cortez Recreation Center.

DRBA’s youth boating program aims to connect more children with local rivers and encourages future stewards of the outdoors.

DRBA also organized a cleanup of Dolores town beach June 2, the last take-out before the dam and a place many locals enjoy swimming and relaxing. A team of five community volunteers, two DRBA staff and Dolores Public Lands employee Tom Rice picked up trash around the beach and parking lot area.

DRBA strives to give back to Dolores River through tangible, on-the-ground projects in partnership with land management agencies.

For more information, to donate or to get involved, visit www.doloresriverboating.org.

Two rafting trips hosted by DRBA included local youth and families. (Courtesy DRBA)