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Help clean up Yuba

South Yuba Citizens League is seeking volunteers for the fifth Annual Great Yuba Clean-Up.

On Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will work together to gather trash throughout the Yuba River watershed.

As the Nevada County representative for the California Coastal Commission statewide cleanup effort, SYRCL will be joined by other community organizations and businesses to support promotion of the cleanup.



Sites will cover the entire watershed including the south, middle and north forks and the lower Yuba. In four years, nearly 800 volunteers have collected about 20,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, including cars, scrap metal, a derelict cabin and old mining equipment.

The cleanup sites on the Yuba are at Parks Bar, Purdon Crossing, Edwards Crossing, Jones Bar, 49 Crossing, Bridgeport, Lang’s Crossing, Oregon Creek, Englebright Lake, Washington and Colgate; and at three sites on Deer Creek.




All volunteers are also invited to a celebration with food and music afterwards at Memorial Park in Grass Valley from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.. A contest with prizes from businesses throughout the county will top off the party.

All volunteers must preregister. Contact Kathy Hempel, SYRCL River People director, at 265-5961, ext. 202; fax her at 265-6232; or e-mail to

Cleanup sponsors include California Coastal Commission, The County of Nevada California State Parks, Wolaver’s Organic Ales, Bureau of Land Management, The Union, KVMR-FM, Army Corps of Engineers, Nevada Irrigation District, U.S. Forest Service, Caltrans, Grocery Outlet, ClifBar, SPD, Noah’s Bagels, Mountain People’s Warehouse and Trader Joe’s.

Volunteer so far include the Sierra Club, Friends of Deer Creek, Sierra Foothills Audubon Society and Girl and Boy Scouts.


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