Estacada/Boring/Clackamas/Oregon City, OR – August, 2019 — The 17th Annual Down the River Cleanup on Sunday, September 8th, 2019, marks 17 years of safeguarding clean drinking water, fish and wildlife habitat, and the quality of life for those who live, work, and recreate in the watershed. 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.
Down the River Cleanup is the largest and longest-running on-water cleanup event of its kind in Oregon, co-hosted by local non-profit We Love Clean Rivers, in partnership with Clackamas River Basin Council. Each year approximately 300 volunteers rally together in rafts, kayaks, drift boats, and SCUBA gear to scour the streambed and banks for trash, collecting an average of 2-3 tons – over half of which is recycled. Since 2003, over 39 tons of garbage — well over the approximate weight of one gray whale — has been removed from the Clackamas River by more than 4,400 volunteers.
Community members are encouraged to float and fill the boat! Keeping the Clackamas clean will help preserve and protect the health of this beautiful and bountiful river that provides fresh drinking water to well over 300,000 Oregonians (10% of the Oregon population!) and is home to old-growth forests, endangered species, and one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia Basin.
Everyone is encouraged to join the event. All non-motorized paddle crafts may participate and launch at one of four parks: Milo McIver State Park, Barton Park, Carver Park, and Riverside Park between 7:30 am – 9:30 am (volunteers must arrange their own car shuttles!). Boaters must have Class II+ whitewater experience and wear a life jacket. Space on a boat is available for those without access to their own. On-water and on-land volunteer opportunities are available. SCUBA and free divers are also welcome!
All volunteers are invited to a free BBQ and Silent Auction at Barton Park from 1:30 – 5:00pm featuring local food from 3 Guys Grilling of Damascus, local beverages, and auction items from local and national businesses.
Event sponsors and supporters include eNRG Kayaking, Metro, SOLVE, Clackamas River Water Providers, Danner, Clackamas County, and American Medical Response.