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Volunteer at river clean-up event

On Sept. 17 the American River Conservancy, El Dorado County and the Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts will host the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup.

Different river locations span Sacramento, El Dorado and Amador counties on the South Fork American River and North Fork Cosumnes River. Locations include Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Salmon Falls bridge area, Happy Valley, Gold Beach, Hangtown Creek and Folsom Pointe. The family friendly volunteer event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Great Sierra River Clean-up is held annually throughout California in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day, the single largest volunteer event in the state. Working under the auspices of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the ARC and RCD strive to get over 100 volunteers from the community for the event.

In addition to providing important fisheries and riparian habitat, the two rivers are popular recreation destinations; volunteers get the chance to give back to the rivers they enjoy, and can share rewarding work with others as they remove trash from riverbanks and stream beds. Families, individuals, schools, churches, scouts, hiking groups and others are all welcome to join.

Utilizing local sponsors like Raley’s and Nugget Market from El Dorado Hills, Folsom Trader Joe’s, SMUD, Placerville Safeway, and Deerhaven Ranch Grassfed Beef, ARC and RCD will provide a volunteer appreciation barbeque following the cleanup from noon to 1 p.m. at Town Hall in Placerville.

Registration is simple. Just visit arconservancy.org or go to eldoradoRcd.org and click on the Great Sierra River Cleanup logo to register and select a cleanup site in your area. Volunteers should bring gloves, water bottles (water provided), sunscreen and wear appropriate clothes.

For more information about the Great Sierra River Cleanup in your community contact Jessie Olson at (530) 295-5630, jessie.olson@ca.nacdnet.net or Tyler Schade at (530) 621-1224, tyler@arconservancy.org. General information about the cleanup can be found at sierranevada.ca.gov/rivercleanup.

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Posted by on Sep 14 2011.
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