De-Litter the River, Oct 6

On Saturday, October 6, Willamette Riverkeeper and partners will be hosting volunteer events all up and down the Willamette’s 187 river miles running through the Valley. These clean-ups will target the removal of litter from lands and waterways that drain into our home river, allowing folks to give back to the river that provides them with clean water for drinking, irrigating, and commercial uses, valuable habitat for fish and wildlife, and a recreational haven one can literally submerge themselves in. 

Most locally, the Greenbelt Land Trust and Marys River Watershed Council will be hosting events. GBLT will be leading a paddle on the Willamette River from Peoria to the Crystal Lake boat ramp in Corvallis, starting at 8:00 am. Meanwhile, MRWC will be meeting at the Corvallis Parks and Recreation offices at Avery Park to address this important tributary and its confluence with the Willamette. 

Lower in the watershed, but to the north, paddlers with the City of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council will be working on a stretch of river starting the Hyak boat landing and ending at Bowman Park, beginning at 9 a.m. 

Carpooling is recommended no matter which clean-up you choose to attend, and you are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and utilize safe river practices, such as the use of a personal floatation device. 

Also, you best be checking out the after-party that will ensue at Mazama Brewing from 12-3 p.m. at 33930 Eastgate Circle. It involves free beer, food, and a chance to win prizes. 

Check out the following link to peruse the whole swath of events, and how to sign-up: http://willamette-riverkeeper.org/great-willamette-cleanup/.

By Ari Blatt