More than 150 volunteers worked along and in the Mokelumne River from Pioneer to Lockeford last September in the annual Mokelumne River Cleanup.
Enthusiastic cleanup volunteers picked up more than a ton of trash and recyclables on about 26 miles of river and reservoir shoreline, making the Mokelumne River and the Pardee and Camanche reservoirs healthier, more attractive places for people, wildlife, and fish. The cleanup was part of the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup and California Coastal Cleanup Day.
“Our two sites were definitely cleaner this year,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Chris Wright. “That made things go a lot faster than at some times in the past. We’d like to thank the many high school students who came, their parents, and their teachers and advisors, as well as everyone else who gave their Saturday morning working on our beautiful Mokelumne River.
“We really want to thank Randy Berg of our staff, too,” Wright said. “Randy’s outstanding organizing and logistics skills are critical to this project’s success.”
Site results were as follows:
• Electra Road and North Fork/Highway 26 areas: 400 pounds of trash, 80 pounds of recyclables, 64 volunteers including many Amador and Argonaut High School students.
• Middle Bar Takeout, Mokelumne Day Use Area to Stillman Magee Park, Pardee Reservoir, and Camanche Reservoir: 1,650 pounds of trash, 390 pounds of recyclables, 92 volunteers ages 6 to 74
Foothill Conservancy has been holding Mokelumne River cleanups since 1991. The 2011 cleanup sponsors also included the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Mokelumne River Outfitters, and Camanche Recreation Company. Business sponsors include ACES Waste Services, California Waste Recovery Systems, New York Fitness, Martell Safeway, Martell Starbucks, Jackson Rancheria, Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, and Star Doughnuts of Pine Grove.
The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and a number of businesses and organizations. The next cleanup will take place next fall.