Volunteer for Clean Rivers
Oregon is an amazing place and our beautiful waterways are a large reason why. Unfortunately, our waterways continue to be damaged by litter that is either disposed of directly into them or is carried by the runoff from developed areas. Oregon’s most common litter includes cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, food wrappers, and plastic bags. Animals often confuse these items with food, resulting in malnutrition, entanglement, or strangulation. Additionally, waterways that are littered reduce the enjoyment for boaters, fishermen, and those enjoying other outdoor recreation opportunities.
Each year, SOLVE and Clackamas Water Environment Services invite all individuals and organizations that care about our waterways to join us in an effort to combat this problem through our Waterway Cleanup Series. Sign up to join our Waterway Cleanup Series below!
10/20 - Waterfront Park Cleanup at Burnside Bridge - Portland
10/21 - Cleanup at Marine Dr. and NE 142nd - Portland
10/23 - Urgent Needs Cleanup Event at Foster Floodplain - Portland
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You can also check out our events calendar to find a waterway cleanup near you, any time of the year.
Thank you, 2020 volunteers!
SOLVE and Clackamas Water Environment Services' 2020 Waterway Cleanup Series was a huge success! Thank you to the 1,028 volunteers who attended over 50 litter cleanups throughout Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties from August through October. In total, volunteers removed more than 10,000 pounds of trash from rivers, lakes, streams, and other waterways. Over 6,000 cigarette butts were collected and recycled. Each piece of litter and cigarette butt leaches toxins into our waterways which are harmful to fish, other wildlife, and humans. Thank you for taking the time to prioritize cleaning Oregon's waterways.
Want to learn more ways to keep our waterways clean and clear all year round?
- Keep baby wipes out of the toilet
- Clean up after your pet
- Keep F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease) out of the sink