The 18th Annual Down the River Clean Up is set to make a splash on Sunday, September 13th, 2020. This year’s trash sweep at the end of the summer recreation season will cover a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River in Oregon City. The Down the River Clean Up is the largest and longest-running on-water cleanup event of its kind in Oregon, hosted by local non-profit We Love Clean Rivers, dedicated to cleaning high use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community in partnership with local environmental, recreation, and educational organizations. Each year about 300 volunteers rally together in rafts, kayaks, and SCUBA gear, to scour the stream bed and banks for trash, collecting an average of 2 tons – over half of which is recycled. Since 2003, over 40 tons of garbage — well over the approximate weight of one gray whale — has been removed from the Clackamas River by more than 4,500 volunteers. We wrap up the day with a free BBQ for all volunteers, complete with music, a raffle, and a silent auction.
We’re hoping your organization will consider supporting this fun, educational, and community-driven effort to restore and clean our Clackamas River. There are several opportunities to support the event this year, including contributing an item to our silent auction or raffle (please see attached donation form), becoming an event sponsor (information below), or providing an in-kind or cash donation. All support directly contributes to the work We Love Clean Rivers does to protect our rivers and the ongoing success of the Down the River Clean Up.
Because of our strong partnerships with local and global businesses, we have been able to broaden engagement with river restoration activities, increase our diverse community’s understanding of threats to watershed health, and provide unique opportunities for the community to give back to the incredible resources we use year-round. Support us as we celebrate our 18th year of turning restoration into recreation! Thank you for considering these opportunities!