2010 Mokelumne River Cleanup September 25

2010 Mokelumne River Cleanup to be held on Saturday, September 25

On Saturday, September 25, people who care about the Mokelumne River will gather at five sites from Pioneer to Lodi for the 2010 Mokelumne River Cleanup.

“People who participate in the Mokelumne River Cleanup have a great time while they do something good for our local river,” said Randy Berg, Foothill Conservancy coordinator for the 2010 Mokelumne River Cleanup. “For the second year in a row, we’ll be joining volunteers across the Sierra as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup and people all over the state taking part in the California Coastal Cleanup.”

Mokelumne participants will work along the river’s banks, in the river, and on Camanche Reservoir removing trash accumulated through the summer months. Previous cleanups over the last 20 years have cumulatively removed tons of trash and recyclables. The cleanup benefits wildlife and water quality while keeping the river a beautiful place to visit.

Participants must register in advance.

The event will be held at five locations: the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing, Electra Road, the Middle Bar area, the lower Mokelumne from the Mokelumne Day Use area downstream to Lodi, and Camanche Reservoir.

Volunteers should register as follows:

For the Electra and Highway 26 sites, sign up online at www.foothillconservancy.org or call Randy Berg at 209-295-4900. These sites will offer a special prize for the weirdest trash find and the chance to win cool prizes.

For the Middle Bar site, contact EBMUD’s Steve Diers: sdiers or 209-772-8260.

For the Mokelumne Day Use Area below Camanche downstream to Lodi, contact EBMUD’s James Jones at jjones or 209-365-1097.

·For the Camanche Reservoir site, contact Camanche Recreation Company at 866-763-5121.

This year’s Mokelumne River Cleanup sponsors are the Foothill Conservancy, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the Mokelumne River Outfitters, and the Camanche Recreation Company. Business sponsors include ACES Waste Services, California Waste Recovery Systems, New York Fitness, Martell Safeway, and Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy boots and bring along work gloves, a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle and a bag lunch unless they plan to participate in a post-cleanup barbecue for volunteers at Camanche South Shore. Water and snacks will be provided. Flotation devices are recommended for those working close to the river’s edge. Properly equipped paddlers are welcome to help from the river at Electra, Middle Bar and Highway 26, and possibly other sites (ask when you register). No pets or alcoholic beverages, please.

River cleaners under 18 are welcome if accompanied by responsible adults. Minors must have their liability releases signed by a parent or legal guardian. Copies of the release for Electra and Highway 26 can be downloaded from the Foothill Conservancy website or obtained from the Conservancy office.

Groups are welcome to participate—please call in advance for information. Foothill Conservancy also urges everyone to sign on to support National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne – the only way to ensure we have a river in our future.

For more information, contact Randy Berg at 209-295-4900, e-mail randy@foothillconservancy,org or visit www.foothillconservancy.org.

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