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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.

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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.

Results from Previous Years

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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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