Annual Great River Clean-Up

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Each year since 1992, the Annual Great River Clean-Up has put out the call for river lovers to help clear the Upper Sacramento River of trash. Bring the whole family and join in this great opportunity to teach kids about how they can affect the health of the environment and their local communities.

In addition to being an eye-sore, trash impedes water flow and can end up hurting river dwellers and other wildlife that depend on the river for sustenance. Not only is illegal dumping and trash left by river users a problem, but roadside litter makes its way into waterways through storm drain systems, which makes this annual event so important to keeping the river clean and clear of harmful debris.

Volunteers register each year from 9am-10:00am on the third Saturday of September at the Dunsmuir City Park entrance, located on North Dunsmuir Avenue. Volunteers are given river access maps, garbage bags and gloves to use. In return for their hard work, each volunteer receives a door prize ticket and a complimentary lunch at Dunsmuir City Park at noon.

The “Golden Rock Contest” features rocks with the names of the River Exchange’s most generous sponsors hidden along the river. Each person that finds a Golden Rock will receive a prize. Prizes are also be given for the Most Humorous, Most Reusable, and the Most Unusual pieces of garbage collected, as well as for the Biggest Ball of Fishing Line found.

The Annual Great River Cleanup has become a favorite event for local families, schools, and groups such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.