Great Sierra River Cleanup: Sierra Wide
How to Participate
It’s easy to get involved! To find a cleanup near you, simply visit the Great Sierra River Cleanup webpage! It contains information for all of the participating groups' events and their contact information. Get in touch with the coordinator before the event to find out more information about the cleanup and where to go.
On the day of the cleanup, make sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, your friends and family, gloves (may be provided), water (may be provided) and a plastic bucket (optional).
What You Can Do
During the first six years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, more than 24,000 volunteers have joined together to remove nearly 700 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada.
Held on September 17, the Great Sierra River Cleanup is an annual volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada Region.
This statewide effort—coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day—serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source at 14,000 ft., to the sea, the Pacific Ocean.
Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 2,200 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with more than 60 percent of its water.
This annual event is more than just picking up trash. It’s a day for local communities—and the visitors who love the Sierra — to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about the importance of Sierra Nevada watersheds and the benefits they provide.
It's about bringing together families, neighbors, visitors and friends in a gorgeous setting to accomplish something significant and worthwhile on behalf of our environment. By volunteering, you will contribute to extricating the next 100 tons of trash from our precious waterways that provide clean water to visitors and Californians alike.