Indulge Urge to Tidy During River Cleanup Day

Published in print and online at The Auburn Journal September 16, 2009

On the list of things you don’t want to share your local river with, soiled diapers rank pretty high.

Unfortunately, diapers are just one of the many kinds of refuse that litter the shores of the American River. Fortunately, you can do something about it this weekend.

On Saturday Auburn’s Protect American River Canyons, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Great Sierra River Cleanup, will kick off the 25th biannual American River Cleanup. Starting at 8 a.m., PARC officials and volunteers will begin collecting river litter. They’ll pick up everything from smashed computers and TVs to beer bottles and foam cups.

This year there will also be a Canyon Keeper-led interpretive hike on the historic bridges and natural history of the Confluence Area.

If you’re interested in volunteering, check in at the PARC info booth at the confluence area on Saturday to register and receive a trash bag, supplies and a map.

Eric Peach, PARC conservation chairman, said there are several reasons the cleanup is so important.

“With the tight budget we need to take more responsibility for our local parks,” Peach said. “This is one easy way for people to help…”

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