River Ambassadors

The Problem

State Park staff collecting trash after the Yuba River Cleanup

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). State Parks has experienced severe budget cuts in recent years resulting in services being drastically reduced. With an estimated 700,000+ people visiting the South Yuba River State Park every year and the thousands of pounds of trash removed during SYRCL’s Annual Yuba River Cleanup, the River Ambassador program was developed to prevent the South Yuba River from being “loved to death.”

The Solution

River Ambassadors are volunteers taking action to motivate and educate the community 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 polluting impacts of trash and dog waste, the dangers of broken glass, and the catastrophic potential of wildfire.


2012-2019 River Ambassador
Stats at a Glance:

  • River Captains and Ambassadors spent 6,337 hours on the river
  • Held face-to-face contact with 57,440 South Yuba River State Park visitors about stewardship
  • Collected 39,746 pieces of trash, including cigarette butts, food wrappers, and glass containers
  • Removed 4,300 piles of dog waste
  • Removed 18 fire rings
  • Gave out 976 trash bags

River Ambassadors:

+ Meet new friends who are passionate about the river!

+ Receive comprehensive training from SYRCL and State Park staff

+ Commit to 3-5 weekend shifts between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

+ Inspire river stewardship at Bridgeport, 49, and Purdon Crossing.

+ REGISTER: please let us know you are interested in joining the River Ambassador team for the 2020 summer season. 

Partners and Supporters

SYRCL extends its appreciation to the business community and to the dedicated volunteers that make this program possible. To see a full list of local businesses that sponsored our most recent Yuba River Cleanup and River Ambassador program financially, please click here. SYRCL is grateful to California State Parks for their help in creating and facilitating this program, and the South Yuba River Park Association for their support as well.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please click here.

River Ambassadors Photo Gallery

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