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Great Sierra River Cleanup on Saturday

Ever take a walk in the woods only to find that other people have used the woods as a giant garbage can? Ever go to your local watering hole to find old appliances floating in it?

Volunteers are wanted for the 11th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup on Saturday,  Sept. 21, in both Lake Almanor and Indian Valley.

The organizers of the Great Sierra River Cleanup have found the riverbanks need to be cleaned up and for the last decade, they’ve organized every fall to dedicate a day to doing just that.

“Coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy along with local community groups (Lake Almanor Watershed Group and Sierra Institute) and in conjunction with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, this exciting and rewarding event focuses on keeping Sierra waterways clean and promoting community stewardship,” said Sierra Institute Development Director Moorea Stout.

“It is an honor for us to coordinate the Great Sierra River Cleanup, which continues to set records every year in terms of volunteers and trash collection,” said Angela Avery, Sierra Nevada Conservancy executive officer.

Locally, in Plumas County, two clean-up regions have been designated — Lake Almanor and Indian Valley — though the specific areas for cleanup have not been set yet. Volunteers should expect to show up to the meet-up locations and work from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Sierra Nevada rivers and lakes are not just some of the most beautiful places in California, they are also vital to its overall health. Volunteering a few hours of time on Sept. 21 will go a long way to keeping this state we all love clean and beautiful,” said Avery.

“The Great Sierra River Cleanup is more than just picking up trash, it’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water sources and a time to bond with family, friends, neighbors and fellow residents. Many of us live in or visit the mountains to be closer to the forests and canyons — and this is a great way for residents and visitors alike to show how much they truly care,” said Stout.

Volunteers have pulled nearly 860 tons of trash and recyclables from more than 3,000 miles of river in the Sierra watersheds in the last 10 years.

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is possible thanks to the hard work of thousands of volunteers, dozens of local community groups, and supporters at the California Coastal Commission.

The Indian Valley group of volunteers will be meeting at the Sierra Institute office at 4438 Main St. in Taylorsville.

Lake Almanor volunteers will be meeting at the Dyer View Day Use Area on the West Shore of Lake Almanor.

For more information or to sign up, call Sierra Institute at 284-1022 or email [email protected].

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