Nevada City, California – From springs along the Donner Summit at the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers, hundreds have made their way to the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) 24e Annual Yuba River cleanup that took place September 11-18, 2021.
This year’s event had two different phases: the Self-Guided Clean-up which took place September 11-17 and the Community Clean-up on Saturday 18. During the Self-Guided Clean-up, over 150 volunteers removed 2,600 pounds of garbage and waste. recycling of 12 sites along the South Yuba River, Deer Creek and Wolf Creek. These volunteers included students from SAEL and Forest Charter as well as employees from the Nevada Irrigation District (NID). The Tahoe National Forest has lent a special helping hand to areas of the watershed that were closed to the public earlier in the week.
“This event is a success every year because so many members of our community are committed to keeping Yuba wild and scenic,” said Melinda Booth, Executive Director of SYRCL. “The annual cleanup is also a great way to round off the season for the River Ambassadors, who work all summer to educate the public about river safety and etiquette in the hopes of reducing the litter we find. every year during cleaning. “
The more than 250 volunteers who took part in Saturday’s community cleanup collected and disposed of an additional 10,000 pounds of trash at 13 sites including river crossings, landfills on Tahoe National Forest lands and abandoned settlements. Mattresses, illegal mining equipment and fire grates have been found along with countless pieces of micro-waste.
“For many of our attendees cleanup is a year-round activity,” said Betsy Brunner, SYRCL Director of Communications and Engagement. “We are grateful to anyone who pack a little or a lot of extra garbage when they visit. Every little bit counts. “
The Yuba River Cleanup and River Ambassador program is made possible by these generous sponsors and partners. SYRCL would like to express its gratitude to:
Tahoe National Forest, AJA Video Systems, Briar Patch Community Cooperative, and Yuba Water Agency. A-One Accounting, Balance Hydrologics, Body Logic Physiotherapy, Donner Summit Public Utilities District and Sweetland Garden Mercantile.
Bear Yuba Land Trust, Fit for Life Physical Therapy, Gold Country Kiwanis Club, Homelight, SCO Planning & Engineering, Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, Stantec Consulting Services, Teichert Rock Products and Truckee Tahoe Airport District.
B&C Ace Hardware, Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty, Mike Bratton & State Farm Insurance, Nevada County Cannabis, Alliance, Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service, and Sierra College. Economical Pest Control, Nevada City Engineering, Nevada City Self Storage, Plaza Tire & Auto Service, and SRC Party Rentals.
The SYRCL also thanks the in-kind contributors to the Cleanup: Waste Management for the donation of a 30 foot dumpster and emptying vouchers for all of our garbage removal needs and Safeway for the donation of gift cards for volunteer snacks.
SYRCL also deeply appreciates the cooperation and support of these community partners and agencies.: California State Parks, US Forest Service & Tahoe National Forest, Waste Management, the Bureau of Land Management, the Army Corps of Engineers, Gold Country Flyfishers, Grass Valley Public Works, Hospitality House, Caltrans, Nevada City, Nevada County, Nevada Irrigation District, Placer County, Yuba County, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, American Rivers, Soda Springs General Store, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, Nevada County Historical Society and many more.
The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is the primary voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 as part of a rural and grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River against hydroelectric dam projects, SYRCL has grown into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers. See: www.yubariver.org.