“The Mokelumne River Cleanup volunteers remove trash and recyclables from the river. Every year they share the satisfaction of making our river enjoyable and safe for all, from the wildlife that live there to the people who enjoy the river for fishing, swimming, picnicking and paddling.” said Carolyn Schooley, cleanup coordinator. “We welcome participation by groups as well as individuals.”
The Mokelumne River Cleanup is part of the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, which is sponsored by the state Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held the same day as the California Coastal Cleanup. The Foothill Conservancy has been conducting annual river cleanups since 1991.
All participants must register in advance by going online to www.foothillconservancy.org or by calling Carolyn at 209-223-3508. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must have adult supervision, and their liability releases must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Liability releases can be found on the Foothill Conservancy website.
Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and long pants, and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a filled water bottle. Coffee, water and hot dog BBQ will be provided. No pets or alcoholic beverages, please.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District will hold cleanups the same day, at the Middle Bar area of the Mokelumne and around Camanche Reservoir. Information on the EBMUD event is online at: www.ebmud.com/recreation/volunteer. Information about other Great Sierra River Cleanup locations is on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy website, www.sierranevada.ca.gov.
Foothill Conservancy of Jackson is the leading conservation organization involved in protecting and restoring the upper Mokelumne River, and led the successful effort to secure California Wild and Scenic River designation for 37 miles of the river in 2018. The Conservancy continues to pursue is river conservation, smart water planning and watershed restoration efforts in our area.
For more information, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or Carolyn@foothillconservancy.org.
|Mary Reinert and Dennis Goeman|