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Join The Great Cleanup – If Not You, Who?

Submitted by Brittany Dyer

MADERA COUNTY – The Great Sierra River Cleanup is coming to the foothills for the fifth year with opportunities for everyone to join in on the fun while cleaning up our rivers. Food, drinks, prizes, tools, and gloves will be provided depending on the location. Join in and put a team together.

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and is part of the Coastal Cleanup Day organized by the California Coastal Commission and cooperating organizations throughout the state.

Last year statewide more than 3,000 volunteers on 30 different river locations removed 43,397 pounds of trash and 53,310 pounds of recyclables on 202 miles of river. The Oakhurst River Parkway and Indian Lakes Park were two of our local event locations.

Bags of Trash from River CleanupIn the four years that the regional clean-ups have been active, more than 570 tons of trash and recyclables have been removed from watersheds throughout our local watersheds thanks to nearly 14,000 volunteers – true collaboration.

Through the growth of the Cleanup, we have helped raise awareness and convinced many across the state and around the world to join the fight. Now for the second year we have joined in on the expansion of this effort know as the Great Sierra River Cleanup. In 2012 we even had a sister watershed in South Africa register and host a clean-up to join in on our efforts abroad.

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada region provide almost 65% of the state’s developed water needs on their way down to the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately our waterways have historically been a dumping ground for waste.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, working with The Coastal Commission is dedicated to providing your volunteers and groups with resources to work on these issues with your community. Together, we can help raise awareness about issues of watershed conservation, fighting litter, encouraging reduction of consumption and recycling, and promoting community pride.

The local Cleanup areas are:

Saturday, September 7, 2013
9:00 to 12:00 noon

Oakhurst River Parkway
Contact: Jeannie Habben – 559-642-3263

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 to 12:00 noon
Indian Lakes Park & Lakes
Meet at Indian Lakes Park (Seminole Avenue), Coarsegold
Contact: Jan Fjellbo – 559-642-4511

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 to 12:00 noon
Kerckhoff Resvior
Meet at Smalley Cove
Contact: Justine Reynolds 559-999-9100

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 to 12:00 noon
Redinger Lake
Meet at the boat launch
Contact: Justine Reynolds 559 – 999-9100

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 to 12:00 noon
Briceburg Mariposa

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