Cleanup nets 90K pounds of forest trash

Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat

Tuolumne County residents joined volunteers across the Sierra Nevada to collect about 90,000 pounds of trash on Saturday as part of an annual cleanup effort, according to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

The fourth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup attracted about 2,800 volunteers, who searched beaches and riverbanks at some 100 sites for paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bags, glass bottles, cigarette butts and other trashy items.

The Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District, which has participated all four years of the effort, held this year's event at the Natural Bridges Trail near New Melones Reservoir, where volunteers helped clean up garbage and install a bridge.

Since the event began in 2009, volunteers have removed 571 tons of garbage from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada, according to the release.

"About two-thirds of Californians get their water from the Sierra, so it is noteworthy that so many volunteers take part in cleaning up our rivers, lakes and streams," Sierra Nevada Conservancy executive officer Jim Brandham said in a press release.

Combined with the yearly California Coastal Cleanup, it is the largest annual one-day volunteer event in California, according to the conservancy.

This year marked the 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup. Tens of thousands of volunteers collected trash at beaches and inland waterways at more than 850 sites in 55 of California's 58 counties, according to the California Coastal Commission.

With 70 percent of the sites reporting numbers, the event attracted 57,442 volunteers and resulted in the removal of 320 tons of trash and recyclables.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday October 27, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Residents complain about cultivation enforcement


Residents of El Rancho Loma Serena Homeowners Association said they believe Calaveras ... more

This is not horse play


Tuolumne County Animal Control on Wednesday hosted the Animal Technical Rescue First ... more

Columbia Elementary gets an interim leader


The Columbia Union School Board Tuesday hired Diane Dotson as interim superintendent-principal. ... more

All Hallows Fantasy Faire


Hundreds of people of all ages, costumed and non-costumed, attended the eighth ... more