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Boulder Reservoir using Tow & Collect machines to make geese soiled beaches more people friendly

Volleyball area, watered grass also cleaned daily
Posted at 11:26 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 02:29:14-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- Geese are flocking to Colorado's parks and beaches.

The challenge is what to do with what they leave behind.

Last month, Denver rounded up more than 1,600 geese and gave the meat to food banks.

The City of Boulder has a totally different way of dealing with the challenge.

Beachgoers say they love the calm waters, warm sand and cool grass at Boulder Reservoir, but they have to watch where they walk, or where they place their beach blankets.

"We were walking through the fields here and noticed the geese layings," said Jimmy Wynn. "It was unfortunate because we didn't have shoes on."

And it's not just the beach and grass impacted.

"We pulled up to one of the docks," Eric Welsh said, "and rather than get out of the boat, we looked at it and said, 'we'll pass.'"

The dock, he added, was covered with guano from seagulls.

Boulder Parks & Recreation officials say they're doing what they can to make the beaches and irrigated recreation areas more people friendly.

"We just want our visitors to have a great experience," said Parks and Recreation Media Contact Denise White, "so we've made efforts...buying what's called tow & collect machines...that help us groom the beaches and high recreation use areas."

White said that the waste removal operation is "really more for the visitor experience," and not because of health concerns.

She added that they test the water in the reservoir on a regular basis, and "if it hits a certain bacterial level, they close the beach."

White told Denver7 that's not something they've had to do this summer.

And unlike Denver, Boulder has not tried to round up any of the offending geese.

"We try to live in harmony with our wildlife," White said.

Sarah Wynn said she appreciates having the geese out at Boulder reservoir.

"I think it’s a nice touch," she said. "It’s nice to be able to see them in their natural habitat."