Come help keep our watersheds clean and healthy at two clean up opportunities in September! The first takes place September 8th on the Clackamas River for We Love Clean Rivers Annual Down on the River Clean Up. Surfrider will be there tabling and we’d love you to come volunteer! The second opportunity takes place on September 15th on Mount Hood for Snowrider’s 3rd Annual Salmon River Headwaters Clean Up. Read on for volunteer opportunities and contact info!

On Sunday September 8th, 2013 We Love Clean Rivers in partnership with the Clackamas River Basin Council will host the 11th Annual Down the River Clean Up on Oregon’s Clackamas River!

The annual Down the River Clean Up is an on-the-river, 15-mile clean up made possible by a rich network of river recreationalists, outdoor companies, environmental organizations, government entities, local community leaders, and hopefully you!

An upwards of 2,200 community members and volunteers have joined together each year for the past nine years to remove over 42,800 pounds of trash from the Clackamas River.  Our dream is to create a community where everyone loves their rivers as much as we do and that some day, we can throw a party on the river without having to clean it up.

If you have ever fallen in love with this or any river, we invite you to join us for this spectacular day of organized chaos where 400+ river-lovers jump in their rafts, kayaks, inter tubes, canoes, drift boats – or maybe even dawn a snorkel mask – uniting to scour the banks and bottom of 15 miles of riverway from Barton Park to Clackamette Park where the Clackamas empties into the Willamette.

Surfrider will be there representing! Contact Mason (treasurer@portland.surfrider.org) for more info and to volunteer!

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Join us Sunday, September 15 at Timberline Lodge’s Salmon River parking lot for the 3rd annual Salmon Headwaters Cleanup. Sign-in begins at 9:30am and cleanup of The Salmon River Headwaters begins promptly at 10:00am.

All participants except the Portland Mountain Rescue crew will head down canyon. Pack gloves, water, snacks, warm layers and sunscreen. Be prepared for alpine weather contingencies. We will provide coffee, doughnuts, garbage bags and an after party, sponsored by Terminal Gravity Brewing, at Charlie’s Mountain View in Govy afterwards.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:45am Sign in and gather at Timberline’s Salmon River parking lot
10:00am-1:00(ish)pm give the Salmon River headwaters a good scrubbing
1:15pm reconvene at the Salmon lot for a group photo
2:00pm after party at Charlie’s Mountain View in Goverment Camp

Thank you in advance to our partners Portland Mountain Rescue, The US Forest Service, Timberline Lodge, Black Diamond, Voodoo Doughnut, Resource Revival, Mt. Hood Roasters, The Sandy River Watershed Council, Charlie’s Mountain View and participants. For more info contact our Snowrider Coordinator, Michael Halle (snowriderpdx@gmail.com).