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Thank you for making the 16th Annual Down the River Clean Up a huge success!!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in About WLCR | 0 comments

On September 9th, 350 volunteers came together along 20 miles of the Clackamas River to remove 2.15 TONS of trash from in and around the river. Of that 2.15 tons, 33% was recycled!! Since this event began 16 years ago, we’ve been able to remove over 28 tons of trash from the Clackamas River with the help of over 3,600 volunteers. We’re blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who come out to help us clean up the river each year. As home to threatened and endangered species, and with almost 400,000 people getting their drinking water from the Clackamas, protecting this resource is vital for all of us! We have TONS of folks to thank for making 2018 a banner year – our partners, our event sponsors, our BBQ sponsors, and our auction donors! Thank you to everyone who played a part in helping us keep the Clackamas clean for the people and wildlife who depend on it! Clackamas River Basin Council, Clackamas County, Metro, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, AMR River Rescue Program, Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited, Clackamas River Trout Unlimited, American Canoe Association, Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas SWCD, Oregon City Brewing Company, KEEN, Watershed Drybags, Orion Coolers, New Seasons Happy Valley, Happy Mountain Kombucha, Maravia, Goodwater Boat Works, NRS, Portland Winterhawks,Clackamas River Outfitters, Growler Run, eNRG Kayaking, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and SOLVE.    Save the date for next year’s Down the River Clean Up on September 8th,...

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REGISTRATION LIVE for the 16th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas!!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in E-News, Newsroom | 0 comments

Join us on September 9th for the 16th year of cleaning up the Clackamas!  Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-down-the-river-clean-up-on-the-clackamas-tickets-48457720346 Be sure to review all event details and volunteer role descriptions before registering!  Sponsorship opportunities and booths available. We are also soliciting items for our silent auction and raffle. Contact alix@welovecleanrivers.org for more information. Looking forward to seeing you on September...

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Mark your calendars for the 16th Annual Down the River Clean Up on September 9th!

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in About WLCR | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again!! The 2018 Down the River Clean Up is taking place on September 9th. Save the date, tell your friends, and review the volunteer role descriptions for more information. REGISTRATION COMING SOON! Join hundreds of other volunteers in helping to keep the Clackamas clean. Free BBQ (with an auction, raffle, and trash awards) after the cleanup for all volunteers! We are looking for support in a variety of ways. Let us know if you are interested in any of the following: Having a booth at our post-cleanup BBQ Donating an item for our auction Providing in-kind support for the event Sponsoring the event!  For more information, contact Alix Danielsen at alix@welovecleanrivers.org. Thank...

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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: art@welovecleanrivers.org. 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 coordinator@welovecleanrivers.org 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 at coordinator@welovecleanrivers.org. 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 Coordinator@WeLoveCleanRivers.org or 503-512-WLCR. Hope you have a wonderful spring! Cheers, We Love Clean Rivers...

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