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2017 River Regatta canceled following trashing of Colorado River

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Trash that washed ashore at the Colorado River following the 2016 River Regatta in Laughlin and Bullhead City, AZ. (Source: Facebook) Trash that washed ashore at the Colorado River following the 2016 River Regatta in Laughlin and Bullhead City, AZ. (Source: Facebook)
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ (FOX5) -

About 30,000 people came out for the 2016 River Regatta this summer. They brought a lot of money, but they also left the Colorado River absolutely trashed.

On Tuesday night, following hours of debate, the Bullhead City Council voted 4-3 to suspend the event next year.

[READ: Official: Trash cleared after Laughlin’s River Regatta]

City leaders said it’s no longer worth the cost to the people who live there.

“I ask you one question: What is your opinion of the regatta? Every one of you I voted for said you were opposed to it, so I hope you’re people of your word,” a Bullhead City resident said.

“I think if you don’t stop this thing, you definitely need to cap it and educate, somehow, the participants in it,” another resident said.

“People are coming into our river that don’t respect our river. They destroy it,” a meeting attendee said.

Bullhead City residents said it took days to clear the trash.

“This last regatta, I want you to know we picked up over two bags of trash that was floating down the river,” a Bullhead City resident said.

Still, some people stepped up to defend the annual event.

“You can’t buy that type of entertainment or well wishes for your city that this is bringing in, and I think it’s wonderful,” a regatta volunteer said.

Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady called this one of the hardest decision he’s had to make with City Council. He voted to suspend the event.

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