Originally Posted by rivermanryan
Sorry if I came across that way, not my intention. My point is that I am kind of shocked that there is a need for such a program. Maybe I am naive, but every boater I have ever run with always cared to keep a clean camp and always carry groovers on overnighters. Are these really boaters, or is the problem with joe schmo's running walmart rafts and not having any river etiquette?
Upper Colorado is very much a beginner river, so yes, it does have its share of vinyl inflatables.
In the old days the idea of a fire pan, groover or even carrying out your trash was laughable (burn it, bury it, or sink it). Over time, as rafting has become more popular, the impact has increased significantly. Upper Colorado has been a un-permitted bastion for years and now it's time to tighten things up a bit.
If you haven't run the Upper C, you should check it out. Difficulty wise, it's on par (if not a tad easier) than the Lower Animas and is a nice place to spend the weekend.