Oct 13, 2020
The Lottery has made conservation and environmental stewardship a top priority.
Since 1992, the Colorado Lottery has been growing revenue to increase funding to Great Outdoors Colorado and its other proceeds beneficiaries. In recent years, the Lottery has also elevated its commitment to conservation by continuing to fully fund GOCO up to its constitutional cap, as well as implementing a more hands-on approach to conservation and environmental stewardship in Colorado.
We’re getting our hands dirty. Last weekend, as part of Colorado Lottery Conservation Month, we hosted our second annual conservation and stewardship event in Pueblo, where the Lottery’s headquarters are located. The event, dubbed “Runyon to the Res: Arkansas River Clean Up,” attracted 200 volunteers in its inaugural year and nearly 90 this year, despite having to limit the size due to COVID-19 safety protocols. This year, the event consisted of 10 teams of 10 people in each group and incorporated safety precautions like social distancing, health screening, masks and grab-and-go meals.
For the full Runyon to the Res experience, view the short video below.
Along with our partners, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the City of Pueblo Parks and Recreation, and the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center, volunteers picked up 2,600 pounds of trash along a heavily used 7.5 mile stretch of the Arkansas River river where people run, bike, fish and otherwise enjoy the outdoors.
Since it began 37 years ago, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.5 billion to our parks, trails, and open spaces through our proceeds beneficiaries like GOCO. And through events like Runyon to the Res, the Lottery takes its commitment to conservation to the next level, ensuring that the places where Coloradans love to play are preserved for future generations.
Colorado Lottery Director Tom Seaver picks up trash at the Runyon to the Res river cleanup event in Pueblo.