Yuba River Cleanup Hauls Out More than Six Tons of Trash and Recyclables – YubaNet


Nevada City, CA – From the headwaters along Donner Summit to the confluence of the Yuba and Feather Rivers, hundreds of people turned out for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL’s) 24th annual Yuba River Cleanup that took place from September 11-18, 2021.

This year’s event had two different phases: the self-guided Cleanup that took place Sept 11 through the 17 and the community cleanup on Saturday, the 18. During the self-guided cleanup, more than 150 volunteers removed 2,600 pounds of trash and recycling from 12 sites along the South Yuba River, Deer Creek, and Wolf Creek. These volunteers included students from SAEL and Forest Charter as well as Nevada Irrigation District (NID) employees. Tahoe National Forest lent a special helping hand in areas of the watershed that were closed to the public earlier in the week.

“This event is successful each year because so many of our community members are committed to keeping the Yuba wild and scenic,” said Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. “The annual Cleanup is also a great way to close the River Ambassador season, which works all summer to educate the public on river safety and etiquette with the hope of reducing the trash we find each year during the Cleanup.”

The over 250 volunteers who participated in Saturday’s Community Cleanup collected and disposed of an additional 10,000 pounds of trash across 13 sites that included river crossings, dump sites on Tahoe National Forest land, and abandoned encampments. Mattresses, illegal mining equipment, and fire grates were found along with countless pieces of micro-trash.

“For many of our participants, cleaning up is a year-round activity,” said Betsy Brunner, SYRCL’s Communications and Engagement Director. “We are grateful

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