Public encouraged to help with parkway cleanup

Beautification project will be held Sept. 7

August 27, 2013 

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is coming to the Mountain Area for the fifth year with opportunities for community members to join in cleaning up area rivers.

Volunteers are being sought to help 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Oakhurst River Parkway.

A second clean-up will be held 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Sept. 21, at Indian Lakes Park & Lakes. Those attending are asked to meet at Indian Lakes Park on Seminole Avenue, Coarsegold.

Food, drinks, prizes, tools, and gloves will be provided depending on the location.

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and is part of the Coastal Cleanup Day organized by the California Coastal Commission and cooperating organizations throughout the state.

Last year statewide more than 3,000 volunteers on 30 different river locations removed 43,397 pounds of trash and 53,310 pounds of recyclables on 202 miles of river.

The Oakhurst River Parkway and Indian Lakes Park were two area event locations.

In the four years that the regional clean-ups have been active, more than 570 tons of trash and recyclables have been removed from watersheds throughout our area watersheds thanks to nearly 14,000 volunteers.

"Through the growth of the clean-up, we have helped raise awareness and convinced many across the state and around the world to join the fight," said Jeannie Habben.

"Now for the fifth year we have joined in on the expansion of this effort know as the Great Sierra River Cleanup. In 2012 we even had a sister watershed in South Africa register and host a clean-up to join in on our efforts abroad."

The rivers of the Sierra Nevada region provide almost 65% of the state's developed water needs on their way to the Pacific Ocean.

"Unfortunately our waterways have historically been a dumping ground for waste," Habben said. "The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, working with The Coastal Commission is dedicated to providing volunteers and groups with resources to work on these issues within our community. Together, we can help raise awareness about issues of watershed conservation, fighting litter, encouraging reduction of consumption and recycling, and promoting community pride."

Details: Oakhurst River Parkway clean-up, Jeannie Habben, (559) 642-3263, Indian Lakes, Jan Fjellbo, (559) 642-4511.

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