Concerned about trash at the Yuba? Want to make a difference in visitor impacts on our trails and beaches? Join SYRCL’s River Ambassador team this summer to help to protect our beloved South Yuba River and our community. Find out more about what we do and how you can get involved during this virtual informational meeting on April 7th at 6:00 pm.
This meeting will occur over Zoom and requires pre-registration on our VolunteerLocal portal. Zoom invite information will be sent out via email to all registered participants the morning of the event.
River Ambassadors are volunteers taking action to motivate and educate the community and visitors to the river to care for the South Yuba River! This dedicated team promotes an ethic of responsible non-polluting use of the river by speaking one-on-one with visitors at crossings, beaches, and on trails. Using a friendly, non-confrontational approach, River Ambassadors educate folks about the impacts of trash and dog waste, the dangers of broken glass, and the catastrophic potential of human-created wildfires.
The program was started in 2012 in conjunction with State Parks in response to a growing number of visitors who were arriving at the river without knowledge of river safety and etiquette.
Today, an estimated 800,000+ people visit the South Yuba River State Park each year. This increase in visitors has led to an increase in trash, broken glass, and parking violations. Each year, volunteers remove thousands of pounds of trash during SYRCL’s Annual Yuba River Cleanup. River Ambassadors can help reduce these impacts through their work educating the public.
The partnership that makes River Ambassadors possible is important because over half of the South Yuba River corridor is public land, managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Severe budget cuts to State Parks has resulted in a reduction of services. River Ambassadors help to do the important work of educating guests and fostering new stewards of the river.
Help by signing up today to learn how to teach visitors to “love the Yuba like a local.”