The Yuba River Cleanup STILL Needs You

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The Yuba River still needs your help shedding the waste that has built up over the summer and SYRCL would love to welcome you as a volunteer. 

Sadly, last Saturday, September 17th, SYRCL had to cancel its 25th Annual Community-Wide River Cleanup event at the last minute because of extremely hazardous air quality conditions. It was a disappointing turn of events and a stark reminder of the difficulties associated with planning events in an environment suffering from the effects of climate change.  

Still, as air quality conditions improved in the afternoon, volunteers went out and conducted self-guided cleanups at their favorite sites. By the end of the day, volunteers reported that they removed more than 6,000 pounds of garbage from the watershed. Additionally, SYRCL volunteers had been working all week during the Self-Guided Cleanup and have made great strides in taking on a summer’s worth of trash. Even with such great efforts, more is needed—can you help? 

From now until Saturday, September 24th, SYRCL encourages volunteers to continue to head on out to the river and pick up any trash they see. Stop by the SYRCL offices to pick up free bags, buckets, gloves, and trash pickers, prior to heading out. SYRCL will have a dumpster located at its offices at 313 Railroad Ave in Nevada City for you to dispose of whatever you pull out. 

Some recommended sites for cleaning up remain: 

  • Hwy 49 Crossing (Sate Parks) 
  • Conservation Camp Rd/Pioneer Trail (Tahoe National Forest) 
  • Lower Yuba: Parks Bar 
  • Your neighborhood!  

Check our website,, for a Google Map with the coordinates of these sites and a more detailed description. 

SYRCL wants to thank all the volunteers who have already given both their time and their energy to help keep the Yuba River safe, clean, and beautiful. SYRCL would also like to thank all the organizations who helped sponsor this event including: 

USFS – Tahoe National Forest, Latrobe Fund, Darlene & John Abt, Briar Patch Food Co-Op, PG&E, Yuba Water Agency, AJA Video, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, A-One Bookkeeping, Balance Hydrologics, Body Logic Physical Therapy, California Organics, Donner Summit Public Utilities District, Western Aggregate,  49er Rotary Club, Stantec Consulting Services, Cbec, Inc., Fit for Life Physical Therapy, Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, Teichert Rock Products, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Clientworks Inc., Mike Bratton – State Farm Insurance, All Phase Heating & Air, B & C Ace Hardware, SCO Planning and Engineering,  Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty, Sierra College, Economy Pest Control, SRC Party Rentals, Nevada City Engineering,  

Other Partners include Dr Bronner’s, Cal Solar, Good Sun Solar, Bimini Corps, Flour Garden Dessert Emily’s Dessert, Yuba Water Agency, NID, BLM, and California State Parks. 

Please reach out to Maddie Davis, Community Engagement Manager if you have any questions:, 530-265-5961 x 201.  

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