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The Great Sierra River Cleanup - September 20, 2014

What is the Great Sierra River Cleanup?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.

During the first five years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, nearly 19,000 volunteers have joined together to remove almost 600 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 1,700 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with more than 60 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.

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The Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District (TCRCD), the Tuolumne County Land Trust (TCLT) and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) are working together to organize the cleanup. We will focus on sites around New Melones Reservoir, as declining water levels are revealing more and more trash. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Why is it important?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

How can you participate?

Participating in the Great Sierra River Cleanup is easy! Join volunteer groups—such as 4-H Clubs, Summerville High Ecology Club, Columbia College Natural Resources Club, UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County, UCCE California Naturalists Central Sierra, Boy Scouts, businesses and others—to demonstrate your passion for clean water in our local community.

See our Great Sierra River Cleanup registration to register yourself and/or groups.

Call 209-533-6993 for more information.

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