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The Great Sierra River Cleanup


The 2014 Great Sierra River Cleanup will be held on September 20th. Please check back this summer for more information.

Five Years of Cleaning up the Sierra

During the first five years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, nearly 19,000 volunteers have joined together to remove almost 600 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 1,700 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with more than 60 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the Great Sierra River Cleanup!

View the 2013 Cleanup Sites

Note:  The Cleanup Site Map works best with Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.  If you are using Internet Explorer, please be patient.


GSRCWhat is the Great Sierra River Cleanup?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.

2013 Great Sierra River Cleanup

2012 Great Sierra River Cleanup

2011 Great Sierra River Cleanup

2010 Great Sierra River Cleanup

2009 Great Sierra River Cleanup




Why is it important?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

How can you participate?

Participating in the Great Sierra River Cleanup is easy!   Look for our Cleanup Map in Summer 2014 and pre-register with your local coordinator.


2014 Coordinator's Corner

Read more about the Great Sierra River Cleanup on the SNC in the news page.

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For more information please contact:

Marji Feliz (530) 823-4679 or Toll Free at (877) 257-1212