Twenty-seven volunteers came out to clean along the Electra Road and Big Bar sections of the Mokelumne River near Jackson on Saturday, September 15, in the annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. They removed about 465 pounds of trash and recyclables in less than three hours, making these popular, local recreation sites healthier for people, fish, and wildlife. A hot dog barbecue was held for those who chose to stay after the event.
This year’s most unusual find was a red, patent-leather high-heeled platform shoe.
Foothill Conservancy has been holding Mokelumne River Cleanups since 1991. In recent years, the cleanups have been part of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy-sponsored Great Sierra River Cleanup, which is held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District sponsored cleanup sites downstream of us at Middle Bar and around their Mokelumne reservoirs.
We would like to thank all our participants for their efforts, Carolyn Schooley of our staff for organizing the event, and our generous business sponsors: ACES Waste Services, Martell Safeway, and Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery.
To get on the notification list for next year’s cleanup, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or send her an e-mail.