Great Sierra River Cleanup: Pardee and Camanche Reservoir
The Great Sierra River Cleanup is an annual volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This statewide effort—coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in conjunction with the California Coastal Cleanup Day—serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source at 14,000 ft. to the Pacific Ocean.
During the first four years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup more than 14,700 volunteers have joined together to remove over 550 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and 1,280 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with 65 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.
This annual event is more than just picking up trash. It’s a day for local communities—and the visitors who love the Sierra—to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It's an opportunity to learn about the importance of the Sierra Nevada watershed and the life force we take for granted. It's about bringing together families, neighbors, visitors and friends in a gorgeous setting to accomplish something significant and worthwhile that sustains us and our environment. By volunteering, you will contribute to extricating the next 100+ tons of trash from our precious waterways in order to provide clean water to Californians and its visitors. I'll drink to that!
Make a difference. Come out and join the feel-good-fun! East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is hosting 3 cleanup sites along the Mokelumne River as part of the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup.
Pardee and Camanche Reservoir- Both sites are reached by vessel only! All participants should arrive at their site by 830am to be ready to work. A site captain will be at each site to sign you in and distribute supplies. Captains will provide a safety briefing and assign volunteers to vessels. Each vessel will have a captain and be assigned shoreline areas to clean.
Mokelumne River Day-use Area- We will be cleaning up the Mokelumne River Day Use Area which is below Camanche Dam. We will also be cleaning the river down to Stillman. So if you are an experienced paddler and have proper PPE there is going to be some great opportunity to volunteer your time and vessel on this part of the cleanup.
Reservations are required. Please sign up for a cleanup site here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBKOWx0Q1UyTHk5NkUyeE50UDBsY3c6MQ
It’s easy to get involved. Simply contact the organization using the information provided below, or visit http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup/2013gsrc/locationmap.
On the day of the cleanup, make sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, your friends and family, gloves (may be provided), water (may be provided) and a plastic bucket (optional).
Check out the Great Sierra River Cleanup Video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkcS9r-8RLI
Dates For Participation: September 21, 2013