Record-Breaking Cleanup

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This is why we do it.

South Yuba River from Humbug Creek Trailhead to Primitive Campground. Photo credit: Kurt Lorenz

In the words of Kurt Lorenz, long-time SYRCL volunteer who helped remove nearly 1,000 pounds of garbage from the South Yuba Primitive Campground after a 3-mile hike Saturday, “This is why we do it.”  We plan and coordinate, we fundraise and educate, we collaborate and volunteer to maintain a beautiful river, to protect water quality and to safeguard habitat for the wildlife that call our rivers and creeks home.


Together we:

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    Filled one 40-yard dumpster on Donner Summit.

  • Filled four 40-yard dumpsters in Marysville.
  • Removed over 10,000 pounds of garbage from Deer and Wolf Creeks, and the Yuba and Bear Rivers, in addition to Donner Summit and Marysville*.
  • Removed English ivy, vinca, Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom from 4 restoration sites

For a full report on what we accomplished with our partners, volunteers, and sponsors, read more here.

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2016 Cleanup Photos

Students from Eco Nevada Union scrambled over and between boulders from Hwy 49 to Hoyt’s crossings to collect 22 bags of micro trash. Then celebrated with a late summer swim. Photo credit: Zoe Brownwood

There was plenty to do along Idaho-Maryland. We closed the road so CalSolar, Auburn Girl Scouts and other local citizen volunteers could collect 2,300 lbs of trash and 350 lbs of recycling! Photo Credit: CalSolar

Cleanup volunteers on the Lower Yuba at Parks Bar. Photo credit: Frank Rinella
Cleanup volunteers collected quite a pile – appx 1,800 lbs of trash from the Lower Yuba at Parks Bar. Photo credit: Frank Rinella, Gold Country Fly Fishers

Students from Grass Valley Charter School cheerfully clip away blackberry at the Bennet St. Meadow restoration site. Photo credit: Merry Byles-Daly

There’s always lots to do at Bridgeport, our most popular Cleanup site. Enthusiastic teams of volunteers from South Yuba River Parks Association, Floracopeia, Nevada City School of the Arts, California Growers and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains worked together to remove a summer’s worth of debris. Photo credit: Miriam Limov

Volunteers hiked six-miles roundtrip to tackle trash at the South Yuba River Primitive Campground. Their load of multiple abandoned encampments will be helicoptered out next week. Photo credit: Kurt Lorenz
An adventurous group of 18 volunteers, hiked six-miles roundtrip to tackle trash at the South Yuba River Primitive Campground. Their collection of appx 1,000 lbs of trash, gathered from multiple abandoned encampments, will be loaded up and helicoptered in the coming weeks. Photo credit: Kurt Lorenz

2016 Volunteer Appreciation Party

Photo credit: Lyndly Martin, Jim Wofford, Frieda Slavin, Zoe Brownwood, Giya Day

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Thank You Yuba River Cleanup 2016 Sponsors

SYRCL relies on the generous support from these sponsors to put on the largest river cleanup in the Sierra.

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$1500 level

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$1000 level

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