Rebooted River Exchange at 2017 Brewfest

Dunsmuir-based nonprofit The River Exchange invites Brewfest guests to stop by their
booth on Saturday, Aug. 5 and learn about how to keep our rivers clean through community
action at the 2017 State of Jefferson Brewfest at Dunsmuir City Park.
The River Exchange will be selling t-shirts, buttons, and reusable water bottles in addition
to giving away free information about healthy watershed management.
As organizers of the annual Great River Cleanup, The River Exchange has helped remove
almost 1,500 pounds of trash from the area surrounding the Sacramento River in the
region stretching from Box Canyon to Gibson over the past three years.
In addition to creating an eyesore for river visitors, trash left around the river creates a hazardous environment for the plants and animals that live both in and out of the water.
The Great River Cleanup is happening again this year on Saturday, Sept. 16, and The River
Exchange can use as many hands as possible to help out.
Anyone interested in volunteering with The Great River Cleanup is encouraged to contact
Scott Embrey or visit The River Exchange booth at Brewfest on August 5 to learn about
other opportunities to help maintain the gorgeous stretch of the Sacramento River that
flows through south Siskiyou County.
The River Cleanup is a family-friendly event, which featured activities for kids and is made
possible by a great crew of enthusiastic volunteers and generous donations from local
businesses.
The River Exchange has recently gone through a “reboot” phase since it first started serving
as Siskiyou County's primary organization dedicated to river stewardship, restoration and
education over 20 years ago.
Maintaining a clean and healthy river for residents and tourists alike is central to the
mission of The River Exchange, but they are seeking to expand beyond the annual cleanup
event and integrate more community involvement in protecting our river. Ideas include
watershed biology education and trail development at Mossbrae Falls.
Former River Exchange Board President Phil Detrich speaks of the organization like it was
a mighty river itself, saying, "The organization has been really successful over time, and has
the ability to adapt and change shape to fit the needs of the community. We hope to bring
about a gradual focus on what we can accomplish in the near term. I don't think change is
going to happen rapidly, but I hope it happens steadily."
New and exciting this year is the addition of several fresh board members, including Vice
President Tristan Behm and Treasurer Peter Arth. Long-time Board member Chris
Stromsness will take over as President. Detrich will remain on the Board to continue work
on grant projects.
The River Exchange is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds
through community involvement in stewardship, restoration and education. To learn more
about The River Exchange, visit www.riverexchange.org or like them on Facebook.