On two Saturdays, September 15 and October 20, people who care about the Mokelumne River will gather at sites from Salt Springs to Lodi for the 2012 Mokelumne River Cleanup.
“People who participate in the Mokelumne River Cleanup have a great time while they do something good for our local river,” said Randy Berg, Foothill Conservancy cleanup coordinator. “We’ve been doing these cleanups for more than two decades. This is the fourth year that we’ll be joining volunteers across the Sierra in September as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup and people all over the state taking part in the California Coastal Cleanup. And in October when the weather’s a little cooler and the river recreation season is nearly over, we’ll clean the busier sites along the Mokelumne.”
Mokelumne participants will work along the river’s banks, in the river, and on Pardee and Camanche Reservoirs removing trash accumulated through the summer months. Previous cleanups over the last 21 years have cumulatively removed tons of trash and recyclables. The cleanup benefits wildlife and water quality while keeping the river a beautiful place to visit.
“I am very excited about this year’s cleanup event,” said Dave Johnson at East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). “We are partnering with Pardee and Camanche concessionaires to clean up the shoreline of both reservoirs. We are also attempting to clean the lower Mokelumne River all the way to Woodbridge Dam.”
Local teens clean Vaught's Beach during the 2011 Mokelumne River Cleanup.
Participants must register in advance.
On September 15, the event will be held at locations on the North Fork Mokelumne below Salt Springs in the Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests, on Pardee and Camanche Reservoirs, and on the lower Mokelumne from the Mokelumne River Day Use Area downstream to Woodbridge Dam.
On Saturday, October 20, the cleanup will move to the North Fork Mokelumne at Highway 26, and the main stem Mokelumne at Electra, Big Bar, and Middle Bar.
Volunteers should register as follows:
• For the September 15th cleanup at Salt Springs and the October 20th Electra-Big Bar and North Fork/Highway 26 cleanups, sign up online at www.foothillconservancy.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Randy Berg at 209-295-4900. These sites will offer a special prize for the weirdest trash find and the chance to win cool prizes.
• For the September 15th Cleanup at Pardee Reservoir, Camanche Reservoir, and the Mokelumne River Day Use Area sites, sign up online at www.ebmud.com/recreation, or contact EBMUD’s Dave Johnson: email@example.com or 209-772-8339.
This year’s Mokelumne River Cleanup sponsors are the Foothill Conservancy, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Pardee Lake Recreation, and Camanche Recreation Company. Business sponsors include ACES Waste Services, California Waste Recovery Systems, Pine Grove Market, George Reed, Inc., and Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery. The Salt Springs cleanup is being conducted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a state agency.
Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring along work gloves, a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle or canteen and a bag lunch unless they plan to participate in a post-cleanup barbecue for volunteers on Saturday, September 15th at Camanche South Shore. Water and snacks will be provided. Flotation devices are recommended for those working close to the river’s edge. Properly equipped paddlers are welcome to help from the river at Electra, Big Bar, Middle Bar and Highway 26, and on the lower Mokelumne River (ask when you register). No pets or alcoholic beverages, please.
River cleaners under 18 are welcome if accompanied by responsible adults (one adult for every four minors). Minors must have their liability releases signed by a parent or legal guardian. Copies of the release for Salt Springs, Electra, Big Bar and Highway 26 can be downloaded from the Foothill Conservancy website or obtained from the Conservancy office.
Groups are welcome to participate—please call in advance for information. Foothill Conservancy also urges everyone to sign on to support National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne – the only way to ensure we have a river in our future.
For more information, contact Randy Berg at 209-295-4900, e-mail randy@foothillconservancy,org or visit www.foothillconservancy.org. End