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The Great Sierra River Cleanup

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Eight Years of Cleaning up the Sierra

During the first eight years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, over 30,000 volunteers have joined together to remove over 817 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 2,600 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, plastic caps/lids, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that provide more than 60 percent of California's developed water supply. This effort, in partnership with California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the Sierra to the sea. Visit the 2016 Results page for more information.

To find a Cleanup near you visit the site map here.

September 16, 2017

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What is the Great Sierra River Cleanup?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day to encourage good stewardship from the source to the sea.

The Cleanup kicks off Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week, established in 2015 (ACR 22, Dahle) to highlight the importance of the Sierra Nevada Region to the entire state. More than 60% of California’s developed water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada and millions of visitors travel to the Sierra to hike, camp, and sightsee. Whether you think of Tahoe, Yosemite, Mammoth, or the Giant Sequoias — the Sierra connects us all.

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Photo by: Rich Sloan, RiverTree Volunteers

Why is it important?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers.
It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

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Photo by: Kara Kelly
Read more about the Great Sierra River Cleanup on the SNC in the news page.

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Project Coordinator Contact

Theresa Burgess
Email: GSRCleanup@sierranevada.ca.gov

Sierra Nevada Conservancy
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn , CA 95603
(530) 823-4672 Direct Line
(877) 257-1212 Toll Free
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