This summer the South Yuba River has seen an unprecedented number of visitors. Due to shutdowns, crowds have flooded to the Yuba River watershed to get some relief from the stress and heat of 2020. Beaches and trails are littered with shopping bags, straws, cigarette butts, bottles, glass, picnic trash and more. Help “Protect Your Happy Place” by volunteering for SRYCL’s 23rd Annual Yuba River Cleanup September 16-27, 2020.
Over the past 20 years, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 120 tons of garbage and recycling. Just last year, 900 volunteers helped remove 15 tons of trash and recycling from the Yuba and Watershed in four hours. SYRCL is passionate about protecting the beautiful Yuba River and our river community. That’s why this year they will be hosting a different kind of river Cleanup.
Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s Yuba River Cleanup will be spread across 12-days from September 16-27th. This Cleanup model will be adhering to social distancing guidelines, protecting ourselves while we protect the Yuba River.
“Our community is looking for a way to give back to the Yuba and protect the river, even during this time of COVID social-distancing.” Says Daniel Belshe, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager, “This year doesn’t allow for large gatherings like our normal cleanup, so this year volunteers will be heading out on their own during assigned times and locations to remove trash. We are not organizing groups but encouraging folks to volunteer with your family, household or ‘Quaran-team’. Volunteers signup for a location and time then head out to cleanup up throughout the 12 days of the Yuba River Cleanup. We believe our community of Cleanup volunteers can repair a lot of the negative human impacts to the Yuba this summer.”
Complete a Volunteer Registration today, Volunteers choose your Cleanup site and choose a time to pick up trash between September 16-27th. Volunteers will be individually spread across 16+ sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and fellow volunteers. Only 5-10 volunteers allowed per cleanup site each shift. Pick up what trash and recycling you can, then report back to SYRCL what is left for the next volunteer shift. There will be a Yuba River Cleanup Drive-Thru at the SYRCL office throughout the week where volunteers can pick up cleanup supplies and PPE before they head to the river then drop-off trash after their cleanup.
To avoid large gatherings, the SYRCL’s Volunteer Appreciation Party at Pioneer Park will be cancelled this year, however they will still be awarding winners for the Best of Trash or Treasure Contest. During the Cleanup keep on the lookout for unique trash that might give you a win! This year’s trash or treasure categories will be: Most Useful Find, Most Historical Find, Most Unusual Find and Most Fashionable Find.