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LAUGHLIN, Nev. – Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino will launch the second post-Laughlin River Regatta river clean-up on September 14.

This clean-up will be conducted along the riverbanks on both sides of the river running about 10 nautical miles from the Laughlin bridge to the southern end of Rotary Park. The cleanup will begin with check-in at 7 a.m. at Community Park in Bullhead City under the large pavilion. This cleanup will cover several high traffic areas plus locations where trash accumulates due to river currents.

Regatta cleanup nets 14.4 tons of trash

On August 11, the day of the Regatta, event staff collected and removed over 14 tons of trash. The following day a team of 30 plus snorkelers and scuba divers concentrated on the riverbed, scouring the river bottom from Davis Camp to Rotary Park. About 800 pounds of trash was pulled from the bottom.

The cleanup is one element of Marnell Gaming’s commitment to devote significant resources to the cleanup and beautification of the Colorado River in the Bullhead City/Laughlin area. “The Colorado Belle and Edgewater team is extremely proud of the trash plan execution and success during the Laughlin River Regatta and we are now returning to help clean the river areas affected by a busy summer and holiday weekend season.” said Colorado Belle and Edgewater SVP & General Manager Ryan C. Walker.

Local service clubs to assist

Five local non-profit organizations in collaboration with Colorado Belle and Edgewater staff volunteers will take part in this cleanup. Each invited group is a non-profit club or organization guaranteeing a minimum of 20 active participants. The groups are Mohave High Schools Varsity Football Team, Rotary-Interact Club, Mohave High School Varsity Swim Team, MALC Key Club and the River Valley High School Varsity Football Team. In addition, participation by community volunteers and volunteers from Laughlin casino properties is encouraged. To volunteer for this clean up, or have your non-profit club, group, team or organization be considered for future cleanups, email Ed Catalfamo (Events Manager for the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts) at ecatalfamo@marnellgaming.com.

In recognition of the hard work and dedication to the community, Marnell Gaming will donate $1,000 to each of the five participating non-profit clubs or organizations. This river cleanup is open to the community and all volunteers are welcome to sign-up on behalf of any of the five participating non- profit groups. “Due to the overwhelming response from our last four clean-ups, we are opening this clean-up to all volunteers who sign a waiver and pick one of the five nonprofit groups to participate with. Trash is a yearlong problem. It has been a goal of ours to not only actively beautify our river through these clean-ups but to also change the overall culture and mindset of our aquatic tourist and our local community,” Catalfamo said.

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