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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sonoma County Watershed Cleanup

The 24th annual Russian River Watershed Cleanup, a project of the Sonoma County Conservation Council, is scheduled for Saturday September 24, 2011. Community members will clean up the river between Asti and Monte Rio by canoe and by foot on Saturday. Participants in past cleanups have removed several tons of refuse from the river including tires, shopping carts, water heaters and car parts.

In 2010 over 310 participants helped to clean the river on Saturday and to sort trash for recycling on Sunday. This number included students from local high schools and Westside Elementary School as well as members of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and other agencies. Volunteers cleaned 55 miles of the river and pulled out 182 tires, 1860 pounds of recyclables, 12 tons of scrap metal and almost 2 tons of other household trash.

The watershed cleanup is coordinated by the Russian River Watershed Cleanup Committee. Members of the Sequoia Paddlers, a section of the Sierra Club, volunteer to coordinate the event and serve as trip leaders and area coordinators. To register, please go to our website by September 15th. Participants will meet in Healdsburg, Guerneville and at Mirabel/River Road. 

Volunteers with 4WD trucks are needed to transport collected trash at trailheads and beaches. If interested, please contact Bob Clemens by phone at (707) 887-2303 or by e-mail at

You may also check out details for the California Coastal Cleanup Sonoma County on September 17 at

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