Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2016 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 17, from 8:30 am until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne's watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!
“The Mokelumne River cleanup volunteers remove trash and recyclables from the river. Every year they share the satisfaction of making our river pleasurable and safe for all, from the wildlife that live there to the people who enjoy the river for fishing, swimming, picnicking and paddling.” said Carolyn Schooley, cleanup coordinator.
There are two sites for this year’s cleanup: Electra Bar, close to Electra Road, and the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing. Participants will pick up trash along the river’s banks and on adjacent beaches. A special prize will be awarded for the “weirdest” trash, and all volunteers will receive thank-yous for their morning’s efforts.
All participants must register in advance, by going online to www.foothillconservancy.org, or by calling Carolyn Schooley at (209)223-3508. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult and must turn in a liability release signed by a parent or legal guardian. Liability releases will be provided upon registration.
Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and long pants, and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a water bottle. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.