2020 Yuba River Cleanup

Thank you to all who contributed to another successful Yuba River Cleanup - going strong for 23 years!

The South Yuba River has seen an unprecedented number of visitors this summer, leaving behind unsightly litter and garbage on beaches and trails.  We are calling on our community to help “Protect Your Happy Place” by signing up for the South Yuba River Citizens League 23rd Annual Yuba River Cleanup September 16-27, 2020.

This Cleanup is part of the Coastal Cleanup Day which started in 1985 and is the largest volunteer event in the state. You, our volunteers are the most important part of this effort. River Cleanup volunteers make a huge difference in the health of our watershed, over the past 20 years, we’ve removed more than 120 tons of garbage and recycling. Thanks to our entire community of river volunteers who helped make the 2019 Yuba River Cleanup a success. We removed more than 15 tons of trash and recycling from the Yuba and Bear watersheds with the help of 900 dedicated volunteers…and our work is far from over.

This summer due to shutdowns, crowds are flooding 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. We are passionate about protecting the beautiful Yuba River and our river community. That’s why this year we will be hosting a different kind of river cleanup.

A New Kind of River Cleanup

Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is our number one concern. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s cleanup will be spread across 12-days from September 16-27th. 2020. We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines with this cleanup model, protecting ourselves while we protect the Yuba River. 

Beginning August 3rd, volunteers can register online for the cleanup, choose your cleanup site and choose a time to pick up trash between September 16-27th. Volunteers will be spread across 16+ sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and volunteers.  Only 5-10 volunteers allowed per cleanup site each shift.  We need your help this year to bring your own garbage bags, masks and gloves to your cleanup spot. Pick up what trash and recycling you can, then report back to SYRCL what is left for the next volunteer shift. Cleanup supply pickup and trash drop-off will be available at the SYRCL office.

To avoid large gatherings, the Volunteer Appreciation Party will be cancelled this year, however we 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.

Concerned with social distancing at the river?
Stay close-to-home by registering to cleanup your local neighborhood or natural area near you.

10 Steps to Being a Yuba River Cleanup Volunteer

So what are you waiting for? Start your registration today by
determining which site is best for you and your family.  

Yuba River Cleanup Site Map

This site is fairly flat and easily accessible, and would be a good option for families with small children.

This site may require hiking through rocky and uneven terrain. Not recommended for small children.

Questions?  SYRCL is here to help.

If you are having trouble viewing information, registering, have questions about sites or want to tell us about a watershed location needing cleaning, please contact Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager, at daniel@yubariver.org or 530-265-5961 ext. 201.