On Saturday, November 4, crews of volunteers participated in our annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. This year’s cleanup was cosponsored by the Mokelumne Coast-to-Crest Trail Council and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Volunteers spent a gorgeous fall morning working at Middle Bar, Electra, the Highway 26 swimming hole, and the Middle Fork Highway 26 crossing. Participants included members of the Foothill Conservancy, Mokelumne Trailbusters, kayakers, hikers, the general public, and East Bay MUD staff.
They came from as far away as Lodi, Jamestown, Wilton, and Manteca.
Together, the volunteers collected more than 500 pounds of trash from along the river. This included, among other things, fast-food wrappers, many beer bottles and cans (and their boxes), paper coffee cups, countless cigarette butts, household garbage, a ceramic power pole insulator, a sleeping bag, construction debris, a TV and microwave, a pair of box springs, and a religious text.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped with our cleanup this year, as well as Starbucks of Martell, which provided copious amounts of steaming hot coffee, and ACES of Pine Grove, which waived disposal fees and provided dumpsters.