Blown-up safe among 11,000 pounds of trash gathered from area waterways |

Blown-up safe among 11,000 pounds of trash gathered from area waterways

Volunteers fished more than 11,000 pounds of garbage out of area streams and rivers last weekend.

The Saturday, Sept. 25, Greater Yuba River Cleanup drew more than 630 volunteers to sites along the Yuba and Bear rivers, and Wolf, Dry and Deer creeks from Donner Summit to Parks Bar.

The South Yuba River Citizens League event coincided with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Great Sierra River Cleanup, which netted 151 tons of trash across the mountain range, collected by 4,500 volunteers.

Locally, more than a third of the volunteers were under 18, from groups including the Bear River Key Club, Colfax High School environmental studies class, Grass Valley Charter School, Downieville School, Yuba River Charter School, the NEO Club, Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy, Nevada County YOUTH and Boy and Girl Scout troops.

Those volunteers found, among other things, a wallet with a Florida driver’s license, part of a surf board and a blown-up safe.

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