Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Living Clean.

Byline: Story by Will Webber Photographs by Eddie Moore Of the Journal

Santa Fe bait-and-tackle shop sponsors a trash pickup along the Pecos River

About five miles north of Pecos along N.M. 63 lies a peaceful stretch of the famous river for which the town is named. Easily accessible to the public, the river has become a popular destination for hikers, campers and fishermen alike.

Its popularity has made this once-pristine setting a place in need of some special attention.

Bits and pieces of trash are strewn all along the roadway. Walking 15 feet in any direction without spotting some form of litter is virtually impossible. The closer one gets to the rocky slopes of the river, the more pressing the problem.

Along with the forms of fish and plant life that flourish within the crystal-clear waters of the Pecos lies a host of trash that threatens the river's natural beauty. Discarded aluminum cans, plastic bags and bottles, paper products and glass bottles have polluted the beautiful surroundings. …

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