Jess Swigonski wrote -
As you know, the Yuba River is not only the heart of our community; it is also a key economic driver. Since the South Yuba River State Park attracts nearly 700,000 annual visitors, and the average visitor spends $42 per day on items such as food, gas, gear and overnight accommodations, then the river is generating tens of millions of dollars into our local economy!
However, the downside of so many visitors is that the river is in danger of being loved to death. Sadly, many ignore the saying “if you pack it in, please pack it out” – leaving behind tons of trash every year. Also, the drought is threatening water quality more than ever, making the Yuba more susceptible to the impacts of trash and other waste.
The good news is that SYRCL’s 18th Annual Yuba River Cleanup Day and our River Ambassador Program are designed to keep the river clean, healthy and safe.
But we need your help to keep them going. Would you please consider contributing to the 18th Annual Yuba River Cleanup & River Ambassador Program?
Over the past 17 years, SYRCL’s annual Yuba River Cleanup has removed nearly 180,000 pounds of trash and recycling to date. Last year, over 700 volunteers removed 21,055 pounds of trash and recycling from 33 sites along 85 miles of river and streams in just one day.
But keeping the river from being trashed is more than a one day a year activity. That’s why SYRCL’s River Ambassadors are out every weekend during the summer - at all four major river crossings - educating visitors about how to keep the river clean and safe. Since 2012, our trained volunteer River Ambassadors spoke face-to-face with over 18,000 river visitors and picked up 21,000 pieces of garbage and 3,400 piles of dog waste.