In September, 50 volunteers descended on Boulder Creek in northern Redding as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup. Sponsored by the Shasta Land Trust, this cleanup event resulted in 2,940 pounds of trash and recyclables removed from Boulder Creek. The volume of waste collected overflowed the 13 cubic yard trailer provided by Redding Community Service Officer Bob Brannon, and required an additional pickup truck to haul the recyclables away.
Thanks to the high level of volunteer interest, Shasta Land Trust organized groups at two different locations along Boulder Creek. While one group focused on Boulder Creek adjacent to Water Works Park, another group worked on city-owned property further downstream, just south of Highway 299. Volunteers included Shasta Land Trust members, Shasta High School Key Club members, and members of the youth group from First United Methodist Church.
After working hard from 9 a.m. until noon, volunteers enjoyed a picnic lunch featuring sandwiches from Holiday Market. Other local sponsors of the event included Mt. Shasta Spring Water, Redding Sign & Banner, and Water Works Park. Officer Brannon of the Redding Police Department was an invaluable aid to cleanup, providing the city’s dump trailer and his assistance.
This event was part of the region-wide Great Sierra River Cleanup, an inland extension of Coastal Cleanup Day. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, with headquarters in Auburn, coordinates the network of local cleanup events and provides local cleanup coordinators with training, supplies, and support. The Conservancy also collects data from all sites that participate in the cleanup. Their current tally estimates that 4,588 volunteers removed 151 tons of trash from watersheds of the Sierras during this year’s cleanup event.
According to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, 65 percent of California’s water supply comes from rivers and streams in the Sierras. This was the second cleanup event hosted by Shasta Land Trust, and everyone at the organization looks forward to participating in the Great Sierra River Cleanup for years to come.
“It was a great event,” said Nancy Ruffner, Shasta Land Trust volunteer. “I would encourage everyone to join us next year.”
-from press release
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