Calaveras County was well-represented at this year's Mokelumne River Cleanup.
Twenty four volunteers ages 11 to 81 came to clean along the Electra Road and Big Bar sections of the Mokelumne River near Jackson on Saturday, September 21, in the annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. They removed about 330 pounds of trash and recyclables in fewer 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.
Foothill Conservancy has been holding Mokelumne River Cleanups since 1991. Over more than a decade, 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.
Every year we look for the most unusual find. This year one of the volunteers found a bag out in the middle of the river filled with pink nail polish, a fishing knife, and a flashlight worn on the head. Some other finds were a vintage Coleman stove in pretty good condition, an unopened bottle of beer, and an almost-full gallon of motor oil.
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, Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, and Mercer Caverns. A special thank you to board members Marta Johnson and Will Mosgrove for their help with the cleanup.
To get on the notification list for next year’s cleanup, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or send her an e-mail.