Yuba River Cleanup FAQs


I am not sure which cleanup site to choose. Where can I learn more about each cleanup site? 

Find your site of interest and learn more about site specifics on the Cleanup sites map. The volunteer registration page also includes site descriptions with directions. Click the registration button on the right side of the page to start the volunteer registration process.

Is registration required?

Yes and thank you! We really appreciate when you register for a few reasons. We want to make sure your site leader knows how to contact you with important volunteer details, we like to get a head count for the volunteer appreciation party (we don’t want to run out of food!), and we want to spread the volunteer love around the watershed so all volunteers don’t head to only one or two cleanup sites.  When you register, you help us: stay connected, order ample food for the volunteer celebration, and leverage volunteer help to remove the most amount of trash in our watersheds. Please register early. Thank you!

How can I register a group cleanup?

You can register your business, school, organization, or group larger than 10 people by filling out this Microsoft Form. Thank you for helping SYRCL expand the impact of the Yuba River Cleanup by activating the people power around you! 

I don’t see my favorite spot in the Watershed on the Cleanup site map and/or volunteer registration list. Can it be added?

Thank you for looking for your favorite spot while registering! Some sites are still in the process of being added to our list and approved by the relevant landowner(s), and will likely be added by the end of August. We’re always looking to clean where we’re most needed, so please alert us if you have heard about any site  that we should add to the list. You can send your site inquiries to Maddie Davis, Community Engagement Manager: maddie@yubariver.org, or 530-265-5961 x 201.

When does volunteer registration for the Cleanup close? 

Volunteer registration for the Cleanup typically closes five days prior to the event. However, we encourage you to sign up as early as possible.

I have registered to volunteer. How do I fundraise for the Cleanup? 

Great question! Once you finish your volunteer registration, we encourage you to spread the word on social media by sharing a photo of your favorite river site or using one of SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup promotional images. One fun way to fundraise is through Facebook or Instagram campaigns! Have your family and friends show the Yuba some love too, by donating in celebration of your day of hard work.

Do you have any tips for successful fundraising? 

      1. Make sure you’ve got good pictures, compelling text, or even a video on your page. The goal is to make sure everyone knows how important it is to you to keep the river clean.
      2. Email a link to your fundraising page to your network, friends, and family!
      3. The money you raise is automatically sent to the South Yuba River Citizens League, so all you need to do is share your page relentlessly and have as much fun as possible while you do it!

Are there fees to register to volunteer?

No, there are no registration fees to volunteer for the Cleanup.

Is fundraising required?

No, fundraising is optional.

What should I expect when I arrive at my site?

All participants should arrive at their site by 8:45 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Your Site Captain will sign you in, collect liability waivers and distribute supplies, if you are unable to bring your own.
Site Captains: provide a short safety briefing and cleanup supplies like latex gloves, trash and recycling bags, data cards, and pencils.

What supplies should I bring?

Join the “Bring Your Own” Movement; help us organize a zero-waste event. Remember to bring your own cleanup garbage bucket and reusable gloves. Don’t forget a mess-kit for the volunteer appreciation lunch!

Cleanup: Please bring your own trash bucket, “litter-getter”, and reusable gloves.

Volunteer Appreciation Party: Please bring your own mess-kit for lunch, pint cup, and reusable water bottle.  Thank you for bringing your own materials to keep event-generated waste to a minimum.

Do I need to complete a liability waiver form?

Yes, all volunteers must sign a liability waiver. You may print the waiver ahead of time here, or complete the waiver upon arrival. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature.

What should I wear?

Please wear sturdy footwear, work clothes (long pants are helpful when navigating around poison oak), gloves, sunscreen, and a hat.

What else should I bring?

Please bring a reusable, filled water bottle, snack, bucket for garbage/ broken glass, and a mess kit for the free volunteer appreciation lunch. We also recommend bringing a your cellphone in order to snap pictures of your incredible trash finds, to capture before and after photos of the area you’re cleaning, and those beautiful views of the Yuba River Watershed that will surround you throughout your day.

What is a zero-waste event?

Our goal is to keep all event-generated waste to a minimum. Please bring your own reusable supplies to keep materials destined for the landfill to a minimum.