Dillon Reservoir shore littered with trash

KUSA – Trash around the Dillon Reservoir is piling up as the summer goes on. Some locals are actually carrying trash bags on their walks to help clean up.

The shoreline of the reservoir is one of the most beautiful place Mary Alice Folly likes to walk.

"I've been to Europe, Hawaii, but these mountains you can't beat them," Folly said.

This summer, she's also noticed something else. Lurking just off the water's edge, tucked under docks and half covered in sand is an unusual amount of garbage.

"People throw out anything from Kleenex to candy wrappers to beer bottles, cigarette butts - you name it," Folly said.

In fact, it takes just seconds into her walk and Folly already makes a find.

"Squirt guns, dog leash owned by someone with a dog named Bruce," Folly said, describing the items she picked up.

The mess not only messes up the view, but Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says can hurt wildlife.

"One of the biggest concerns we have is fishing line," Porras said. "People get it tangled, cut it and leave it on the ground. Birds can get tangled in that, and we have seen lots of examples of birds getting tangled in that and dying."

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