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Register for the 2016 Down the River Clean Up – September 11th!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in About WLCR | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again!! The 2016 Down the River Clean Up is taking place on September 11th. Review the volunteer role descriptions and PRE-REGISTER to join hundreds of other volunteers in helping to keep the Clackamas clean. Free BBQ after the clean up for...

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2015 Cleanup Weights, Pics & Survey!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in About WLCR | 0 comments

2015 Cleanup Weights, Pics & Survey!

Hello River Stewards! On behalf of We Love Clean Rivers and Clackamas River Basin Council, we’d like to send a big THANK YOU to 250+ volunteers that joined us this year for the 13th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas River. Please help us out by taking 2-minutes to complete this short SURVEY by Tuesday Oct 6th.  This year, with your help, we cleaned up nearly 2 TONS (3,800 lbs.) of trash from the Clackamas River and recycled 82% of that trash. That’s the highest recycle rate we’ve had in 13 years – amazing! The breakdown of how much trash (in TONS) was collected from each of the 4 river sections is: McIver to Barton – .30 Barton to Carver – .69 Carver to Riverside – .50 Riverside to Clackamette – .41 Check out photos from the cleanup on Facebook here.  We’d also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our 2015 sponsors: American Medical Response Clackamas River Water Providers Clackamas County Oregon State Parks & Recreation Dept. Metro Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 3 Guys Grilling eNRG Kayaking Safeway SOLVE Clackamas River Outfitters City of Oregon City Osprey Packs Leatherman/LED Lenser MTI Adventurewear Looptworks Les Schwab Patagonia – PDX Rack Attack Popina Swimwear Sotar Please SAVE the DATE for the 14th Annual Down the River  Clean Up: Sunday,  September 11, 2016.  Thanks again! We Love Clean Rivers Photo Credit: Clackamas River Basin...

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Clackamas River Cleanup This Sunday! Registration Ends Friday

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in About WLCR | 0 comments

Clackamas River Cleanup This Sunday! Registration Ends Friday

The 13th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas River is just 4 days away — taking place on Sunday, September 13th 2015. There are still volunteer spots open! Please sign up to volunteer! Registration closes this Friday at 9pm. This is an on-river, volunteer clean up. All non-motorized water paddle crafts are invited! There are lots of on-land positions too. Raft owners are especially needed on the Riverside to Clackamette section to help be Garbage barges. Attracting over 300 people, and typically removing 3-4 tons of trash from the river that provides more than 300,000 residents with fresh drinking water, We Love Clean Rivers and Clackamas River Basin Council hopes you will join them in making this 13th Annual Down the River Clean Up a splashing success! After volunteers float and fill their boats, all are invited back to Barton County Park from 3-5pm for a family friendly celebration with a free BBQ, live music and a raffle with tons of sweet prizes from Osprey Backpacks, Patagonia, Sotar, MTI Adventurewear and more! Pre-Registration Required by Friday 9PM: http://www.welovecleanrivers.org/clackamas-down-the-river-clean-up-sep/volunteer/ Know the Event Details / Be Prepared: http://www.welovecleanrivers.org/complete-guide/ Questions? Email:...

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2015 Down the River Clean Up – Sept 13

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in About WLCR | 0 comments

2015 Down the River Clean Up – Sept 13

Volunteer at the Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas! Come float and fill your boat at the 13th Annual Down the River Clean Up on Sunday, September 13th, 2015. For the first time in 12 years, the event will include Milo McIver State Park as an official boat launch for floaters joining the effort to keep the Clackamas River clean – extending this year’s trash sweep by 10 miles to include a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River in Oregon City. Pre-registration is required online! Join the Clackamas River Basin Council, We Love Clean Rivers, and a flotilla of over 350 volunteers in rafts, kayaks, drift boats and SCUBA gear, to scour the Clackamas River’s streambed and banks for trash. Each year, an average of 2-3 tons of garbage is collected, over half of which is recycled. All non-motorized paddle crafts may participate and launch at one of four parks: McIver (Lower Boat Ramp), Barton, Carver, and Riverside Park during a rolling start from 7:30-9:30AM. Boaters must have Class II+ whitewater experience, provide all their own gear, shuttle and wear a life jacket. On-water and on-land volunteer opportunities are available too! SCUBA divers and free divers are also welcome. Free BBQ and raffle prizes at Barton Park for all volunteers after from 3:00-5:00PM. Download flyer and Facebook event help spread the...

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6th Annual RiPPLe Art Auction – This First Thursday 12/4!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in About WLCR | 0 comments

6th Annual RiPPLe Art Auction – This First Thursday 12/4!

Friends, Please join us THIS First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District for the 6th Annual RiPPLe Art Auction and Exhibition! WHERE: PNCA’s ArtHouse, 33 NW Park Ave. Portland, OR WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00-9:00PM WHY: Because this is an awesome annual awareness event and silent auction fundraiser for We Love Clean Rivers; where we are able to showcases a series of local artists work that is made from river-trash removed by volunteers during the Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas and the Great Willamette Clean Up. This year, artwork shown and available for sale in the silent auction is made by PNCA students, alumni, and artists in Portland area communities. RiPPLe’s goal is to promote sustainability, stewardship, fun and reuse through art! So, come on by and do some holiday shopping for the perfect artsy gift that not only is for a good cause and has a great story, but also really  has heart… heart for Clean Rivers! Surfrider Foundation-Portland Chapter will also be in the house with a great informational table and volunteers. This year’s RiPPLe Art event would not be possible without PNCA. BIG THANKS, Pacific Northwest College of Arts! For questions about this event, please contact: [email protected] Hope to see you there, We Love Clean Rivers’...

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River Clean Up Weights Released!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in About WLCR | 0 comments

River Clean Up Weights Released!

The highly anticipated weight totals from the 12th Annual Down the River Clean have been released! We apologize for the delay in posting. We had the 2nd highest volunteer turn out for the event that we’ve had in 12 years! There were 401 volunteers that together cleaned up a total of 2.82 tons (5,640 lbs.) of refuse from the Clackamas River. That averages out to be 14 lbs of trash cleaned per volunteer. The breakdown for each Park location of trash collected (in tons) includes: Barton – 0.15 Carver – 1.02 Riverside – 1.22 Clackamette – 0.42 53% of the total refuse collected was sorted into the “recycle” piles. Huge thanks to everyone for doing a great job pre-and-post sorting! 91% of those materials were indeed recycled, which is fantastic! The breakdown of that 91% includes: Metal – 65% Plastic – 13% Glass – 11% Aluminum cans – 2% Oh, and don’t forget about all garbage/recyclables collected by artists. With the help of PNCA, we had nearly a dozen student artists attend the clean up this year — they collected hundreds of pounds of debris and are currently re-purposing it into pieces of art! Art will be on display and available for sale during RiPPLe Art Auction on First Thursday in the Pearl District (Portland) – December 4th. To date at the Down the River Clean Up, over the past 12 years, there has been 3,391 volunteers total, which have cleaned up 32.24 tons (64,680 lbs.) of trash from the lower 15-miles of the Clackamas River! So, thank you for being a part of this amazing feat, and thank you as well to all the sponsors, in-kind and silent auction donors! If you have not completed  the 2 SURVEYS this year, please take 3 minutes to do so… It’s very important to us that you do this. 1 is to help us understand the educational component and 2 to help us with planning and logistics to make next year’s event even better. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC7F2Z9 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5MN8HF Last but not least, check out Mark Gamba’s beautiful photos on Facebook (click here) and the great video by the Clackamas County Government Channel: Cheers, We Love Clean...

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Registration Open: Clackamas Down River Clean Up, Sept 7

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in About WLCR | 0 comments

Registration Open: Clackamas Down River Clean Up, Sept 7

Happy August River Friends! We Love Clean Rivers and Clackamas River Basin Council are excited to announce that Pre-Registration is now live for the 12th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas to take place on Sunday, Sept 7th at Barton Park. Event Raft Rider spots are limited, and Private Boater POD spaces are first come first serve, so please sign up today HERE! Key volunteers, such as Material Recovery Leaders/Assistants, Kayak POD Leaders, Garbage Scows, and Event Raft Captains, are still needed. If you’d like to sign up for one of these awesome, and very important roles, please email [email protected] with which role you’d like to do. Complete event details, such as Day Schedule, Shuttle Schedule, Volunteer Waivers, Directions, Parking Vouchers and much more can be found and printed in advance on our website here. We’d like to do a HUGE SHOUT OUT to all of our amazing 2014 event sponsors and in kind supporters to date. This special event would not be possible without them; we are truly appreciative for their commitment to keep our rivers clean!!     Lastly, have questions? Want to sponsor? Want to do an event eNewsletter post? Or need an event poster? Email us [email protected] Have a great week! Cheers, We Love Clean Rivers...

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SAVE the DATE: Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas, Sept 7

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in About WLCR | 0 comments

SAVE the DATE: Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas, Sept 7

Hello River Friends, We can hardly believe ourselves, but yes, it’s true… this year will be the 12th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas! Please SAVE the DATE! This event, hosted by We Love Clean Rivers in partnership with Clackamas River Basin Council, will take place on Sunday, September 7th, 2014. And, in the meantime, if you want a refresher on what a super fun, sunny, rewarding, community-wide, give-back-to-the-river-day this event is, we recommend watching this awesome video below by Perception NW from the 10th Down the River Clean Up…   We’d also like to give a big shout out for our first confirmed 2014 sponsor: The American Canoe Association (ACA) and L.L.Bean have so graciously awarded We Love Clean Rivers with a Club-Fostered Stewardship (CFS) grant in the amount of $500 to be used for the Down River Clean Up on the Clackamas. Thank you, ACA and L.L.Bean! Your support is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering for the Clean Up, sponsoring or just want to say “Hi,” please email or call our Event Coordinator anytime at [email protected] or 503-512-WLCR. Hope you have a wonderful spring! Cheers, We Love Clean Rivers...

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Planning begins for new whitewater surf park on lower Clackamas River

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in About WLCR | 4 comments

Planning begins for new whitewater surf park on lower Clackamas River

We Love Clean Rivers (WLCR) recently was awarded a grant from Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs to develop a plan for a whitewater surf park on the lower Clackamas River.  Such a park will make the lower Clackamas River a destination spot for whitewater kayakers, stand-up paddlers (SUP), surfers, river boarders, and canoeists. “A whitewater surf park on the lower Clackamas River will offer great tourism benefits to the local area,” says Sam Drevo, President of WLCR. “Whitewater parks across the country have created booms in tourism and economic development by promoting recreation, training, commerce, improved safety, and fish habitat,” explained Mr. Drevo. One example is a whitewater park in Golden, Colorado. This investment has had an economic impact of $1.8 million a year and improved fish habitat in Clear Creek. Whitewater and stand up paddling have been growing in popularity in Oregon yet they are a largely untapped target for river tourism. Shortened commute time and easy access could generate an “after work” crowd on the lower Clackamas, serving a pent-up demand for outdoor whitewater recreation. The project will also benefit fish habitat on the lower Clackamas. “A well designed and constructed water feature could provide habitat benefits for fish and aquatic life as well as for boaters,” said Tim Shibahara, the Supervisor Fish Biologist with Portland General Electric (PGE). WLCR will partner with McLaughlin Whitewater Design, experts in whitewater park design, on this project. They will conduct preliminary engineering, design, and cost analysis and will create a presentation for the various agencies overseeing fish and wildlife. In addition, an economic impact study will be conducted that examines community benefits such as improved tourism, environmental awareness, fish habitat, and safety. PGE, American Whitewater, Metro Parks, Oregon Whitewater Association, Oregon Kayak and Canoe Club, Northwest River Guides/eNRG Kayaking, All About Rivers, Reed College, and Popina Swimwear support this project. Please contact WLCR if you are interested in advocating, funding, or stewarding this project. High resolution photos of surf park projects like this one are available upon request. Contact: Kate Daniel Email: [email protected] Phone: 503.729.5807    ...

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Welcome October with We Love Clean Rivers!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in About WLCR | 0 comments

Welcome October with We Love Clean Rivers!

Hello! Believe it or not, next Saturday and Sunday is the first weekend in October.  It’s also it is time for the 2nd Annual Willamette Falls festival and We Love Clean Rivers will be part of the festivities, so come join us! For a full list of events which include: the Great Willamette Cleanup, a 5K Funathalon, Tribal Demonstrations from the Confederated Tribe of the Grand Ronde, an Artisan Farmers Market, Tours of the Blue Heron industrial facility, Carnival Rides, and many more CLICK HERE The Following is a list of events that you can join to support We Love Clean Rivers: October 4th: Benefit Dinner, 6pm, Museum of the Oregon Territory: TODAY, SEPTEMBER 30th IS THE LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS! Enjoy Native NW foods prepared by Chef Matt Bennett and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at Willamette Falls Festival’s benefit dinner. Your dinner ticket will help us continue our programming to keep our rivers healthy: Check out the delicious menu here! October 5th Great Willamette Clean Up, presented by the Willamette Riverkeeper –  8:30 – 11:30 am Clackamette Park – Registration Required – Join the cleaning efforts of hundreds of volunteers, scour 191 miles of the Willamette River to promote healthy and sustainable river use! Legacy Sculpture Dedication – 12:00pm Clackamette Park – Celebrate the success of the We Love Clean River’s legacy project, crafted by local artist Ben Dye, at a community event.  Clackamette Park is going to have a new entrance facade! Ripple Art Demonstration – 10am – 6pm Clackamette Park – Meet the wonderful artists that came to the Down the River Cleanup as they upcycle found items of trash from the Clackamas River into art. FIREWORK SHOW – Dusk, Downtown Oregon City – After an inspiring day of community events, stick around for yet another jaw dropping display of loud fireworks!  This is by far the best firework display in Oregon City each year. October 6th Ripple Art Demonstration – 10am-2pm – If you did not have a chance to meet artists, on Saturday, there will be more to time to come meet them on Sunday! We are looking forward to this awesome weekend, the weather forecast is looking favorable too! See you...

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