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Volunteer flood clean-up day in Black Forest

Published: August 9, 2013, 2:47 pm, by Ryan Handy

Outdoor Colorado is hosting a volunteer clean-up even in Black Forest Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. More than 100 volunteers are already planning to help with a repair and restoration project to stabilize a drainage basin in the park. The project is designed to minimize erosion and the flow of debris from the burn scar into other areas of the park.

Sleep Giant Industries has donated 50 pallets of mulch to the project, and will be working with volunteers on Saturday as well. The project will cover three acres. The park is at 4800 Shoup Road, and has 427 acres including grassy area, tennis courts, a playground and picnic grounds. All of the parks facilities survived the Black Forest fire but now face flash flood danger.

There will also be a Saturday seminar on rebuilding and repairing damaged homes with a focus on energy and water efficiency. The Saturday seminar, hosted by Colorado Renewable Energy Society, will be the first of two–the second is on Oct. 5.

Saturday’s seminar will be at Edith Woldford Elementary School, 13710 Black Forest Road, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The seminar is an expanded version of talks given to Mountain Shadows homeowners last summer; it will address the basics of home energy and water efficiency and energy efficient heating and cooling, among others.  The talks will include specific information about efficient energy initiatives from Black Hills Energy and Mountain View Electric Association.

For more information contact Jim Riggins, 719-313-6171. Information can also be found at secres.org/events/blackforest.html