Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Origins of the Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Keeping the Yuba clean since 1997

Inspired by California Coastal Cleanup Day, SYRCL began the annual Yuba River Cleanup with the help of our regional cohort, The Great Sierra River Cleanup.

What is the California Coastal Cleanup Day?

Over time, the annual Yuba River Cleanup has become a beloved tradition that unites the community in a shared goal. Year after year, enthusiastic volunteers roll up their sleeves, don their gloves, and embark on a mission to rid the river of the trash and debris that has accumulated throughout the Yuba River watershed each year. 

Since its inception, the annual Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 135 tons of garbage and recycling from the river.

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Annual Yuba River Cleanup September 23, 2023

Annual Yuba River Cleanup 2023

REGISTER TO BE PART OF THE 2023 YUBA RIVER CLEANUP The South Yuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 26 this year. Each September since 1997, as part of a larger cleanup effort called California Coastal Cleanup Day, SYRCL has organized an annual Yuba River Cleanup event uniting the community to remove the…

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Lend a Hand

There are lots of ways to participate in the cleanup, including a self-guided option where volunteers can pick up supplies and head out to their favorite site during a flexible time window.

Registration opens yearly in late summer.

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Volunteers smiling at Annual Yuba River Cleanup with trashpickers, buckets and bags
Volunteers smiling at Annual Yuba River Cleanup with trashpickers, buckets and bags

Real Community Impact

The annual Yuba River Cleanup is more than just a one-day event. It serves as a vital component of SYRCL’s broader efforts to promote river safety and educate the public on the importance of protecting and preserving the watershed.

By engaging in this hands-on cleanup effort, participants not only remove harmful debris but also learn about proper river etiquette and responsible recreation. Yuba River Cleanup sponsors also support the continued work of SYRCL’s River Ambassador Program.

At a Glance

  • The natural environment is essential to human harmony and livelihood.
  • As all rivers connect communities, we know that our work here inspires people beyond our watershed.  We pledge to conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity and respect for the diversity of opinion and life experiences of others.  
  • “People Can Save a River.” This founding premise inspires, empowers, and emboldens us to take collective action against threats to the Yuba’s waters and ecosystems. 
  • SYRCL cultivates a professional and personally enriching work environment, which supports our dedicated team of staff, Board, and volunteers.  Recognizing ourselves as a true “citizens league,” our work is inspired by the Yuba and driven by the community. 

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Celebrating Yuba River Cleanup Efforts

At the end of each year’s Yuba River Cleanup, SYRCL holds a volunteer thank you party. With lively music, delectable food, and an atmosphere of camaraderie, this festive gathering provides a perfect opportunity for volunteers to connect, share stories, and reflect on the impact they’ve made. 

So, whether you’re a long-time advocate for environmental preservation or a newcomer looking to make a positive difference, if you love the Yuba River this event is for you.  

Discover the joy of coming together as a community to protect our natural resource. Be part of SYRCL’s annual Yuba River Cleanup – small actions lead to big changes!