Tahoe NF Assists SYRCL with River Cleanup Event

2014 SYRCL River Clean Up Event

Photo Credit:  Jeff Litton

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) held their 17th Annual Yuba River Cleanup. By the end of the event, 670 volunteers had removed 15,946 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds of recyclables away from 81 miles of river, creek and lake shoreline at 33 sites within the Yuba River and Bear River watershed districts, including the Tahoe National Forest.

In addition to the cleanup, six acres were restored by volunteers who removed highly invasive non-native plant species such as Himalayan Blackberry, Yellow Star Thistle and English Ivy, at Bennett Street Meadow, Edwards Crossing, Jones Bar, Kentucky Creek, and Oregon Creek.

The ages of volunteers ranged from six months to eighty years old.  Twenty-three volunteers transported debris from an abandoned mining camp across the Middle Yuba River at Foote’s Crossing, and three volunteers dived deep into the pools at Bridgeport and Highway 49 to recover shoes, water, bottles and many small pieces of plastic. Ten volunteers removed the decking surrounding an old and rotten out building at the Independence Trail, and additional volunteers removed 1,000 pounds of trash from Idaho Maryland Road along Wolf Creek.

After the cleanup and during a free barbeque lunch given to volunteers, local performer Ishaan Judd sang about the Yuba River, Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston praised attendees for their volunteerism and dedication to the watershed, and SYRCL honored its volunteer River Ambassadors.

The Tahoe National Forest was a proud sponsor for this event by providing funds and personnel for the cleanup. TNF also provided resources for the removal of both trash and recycling items.

Earlier this year, the Tahoe National Forest was awarded the first ever Partner of the Year award from SYRCL.

For more information about SYRCL, visit:  yubariver.org.