Tons of trash removed from Yuba River |

Tons of trash removed from Yuba River

Submitted photo/Craig RohrsenBonnie Murphey picks up trash at Deer Creek Falls.
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More than 500 volunteers pulled nine tons of trash out of the Yuba River and its tributaries Saturday during The South Yuba River Citizens League 7th annual Yuba River Clean-Up.

Volunteers from Nevada County, Reno, Sacramento, Davis and the Bay Area covered 25 separate areas throughout the Yuba Watershed. Volunteers pulled out an estimated 15,600 pounds of trash and 2,497 pounds of recyclables. Some of the more interesting items included a black evening gown, BBQ grill, a home entertainment center, confidential medical records, and an antique metal tiller.

SYRCL expanded the effort this year to include the Yuba River, Deer Creek, Wolf Creek, and Bear River watersheds.

“Once again our community has come together to help take care of the river we all care for and love,” said Kayle Martin, SYRCL’s event coordinator.

Volunteers included members of Friends of Deer Creek, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, the Sierra Club, Audubon Club, Union Hill School, Yuba River Charter School, South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport docents, members of Nevada Union’s Stream Club and Friends International, Bear River High Schools Key Club, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, Sequoia Challenge, Sierra Center for Positive Living, local chapters of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and a large group of local and non-local fly fishing enthusiasts.

In last year’s 2003 clean-up, SYRCL had approximately the same number of volunteers and collected about 7,350 pounds of trash and recyclables.

The Clean-Up in Nevada County was also aided by The County of Nevada, Nevada County Recycling Department, US Forest Service, CalTrans, California State Parks, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Irrigation District, The Union, KVMR-FM, Yuba County Water Agency, and Waste Management.

Volunteers celebrated at a party held in their honor after the Clean-Up at Memorial Park in Grass Valley.

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