SYRCL hopes to name new executive director at cleanup event in September |

SYRCL hopes to name new executive director at cleanup event in September

About 850 volunteers joined in SYRCL's Yuba River cleanup last year, and helped collect nearly 15,000 pounds of trash.
Submitted photo by Susan Mahaffy |

Signups are now open for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s 20th annual Yuba River Cleanup, which will take place Sept. 16. The organization said it hopes to announce its new executive director at the event.

Executive Director Caleb Dardick announced his resignation in June, and said the cleanup event will be his final day on the job.

Dardick plans to move to the Bay Area to support his wife as she starts a new career there, he said in news release.

Over 50 candidates have applied for Dardick’s position, he said, and interviews are still underway.

The annual Yuba River Cleanup takes place at 30 different sites throughout the watershed, spanning 90 miles of river, and involves all three forks of the Yuba. Last year, about 850 volunteers joined the effort.

“It’s really all hands on deck,” Dardick said.

A celebration at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park will follow the cleanup. Food and drinks will be served to participants, and SYRCL will announce how much trash was collected during the day.

Between 25 and 45 volunteers work at each site. Participants can sign up through SYRCL’s website,, to secure their location.

Dardick said as much as 15,000 pounds of trash are removed from the watershed during the cleanup event each year.

“It’s really incredible to see it get cleaned top to bottom,” he said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email or call 530-477-4231.

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