Volunteers Needed For The 25th Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Image: Denise Wey

The South Yuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 25 this year. Each September since 1997, as part of a larger cleanup effort called California Coastal Cleanup Day, SYRCL has organized an annual Yuba River Cleanup event uniting the community to remove the trash that sadly builds up throughout the Yuba River watershed each year.

In the last few years, the Yuba River has been enjoyed by over 800,000 people each summer. From locals to out of town visitors, everyone has an impact on the river. Most who visit recreate with intention, valuing the fragility of the ecosystem, packing out what they have packed in, cleaning up after their dogs, and being fire safety conscious. Unfortunately, either through carelessness or ignorance, not everyone is so respectful.

By the end of “river season,” the Yuba needs a little help from the community that loves it.

Here’s where YOU come in.

SYRCL invites you to participate in this year’s event on September 10-17

River Cleanup volunteers make a huge difference. Since its inception, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 180 tons of garbage and recycling from the river. For 25 years this has been a robust event, where much of the community turned out to clean up the Yuba and then gathered for a big celebration.

By the end of "river season," the Yuba needs a little help from the community that loves it. This annual cleanup demonstrates uniting the community for the Yuba more than any other SYRCL program and I’m continually in awe at the outpouring of support for this event.

Melinda Booth -- SYRCL's Executive Director

For its 25th anniversary of the River Cleanup, SYRCL is hoping to unite the community again to help bring the Yuba back its shine. SYRCL is coordinating efforts at over 30 sites for the week of September 10 – 17th with 100s of volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves, put on some gloves, and haul out some trash — please join us.

The week will culminate in a volunteer appreciation celebration of the river and our community. On September 17th, this party will be held at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park, next to the newly renovated covered bridge. Food, drink, music, fun, and community will be the tenor of the day. 

Throughout the summer, River Ambassadors have heard feedback from visitors and locals alike; they love the Yuba and want to know the best way they can help protect the river. The Yuba River Cleanup is the perfect opportunity to join in and activate your passion while working solo or with a team of coworkers, friends, or family members.

Maddie Davis, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager.

The Yuba River is the gem of our community and it needs our help. If you cherish it for what it represents to you and the community, please sign up to volunteer as part of SYRCL’s 25th Annual Yuba River Cleanup. 

If you are unable to participate in the Cleanup, you can chip in to support the 25th Yuba River Cleanup and honor the thousands of volunteer hours that will go into keeping our rivers healthy and safe.

It’s thanks to YOU that we can keep the Yuba River clean and healthy for future generations.




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