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.
Join us at an upcoming cleanup event!
High Rocks August Cleanup - Saturday, August 17
Park Cleanup at McLean House and Park - Saturday, August 17
Oak Bluff Area Cleanup at Mt. Scott Creek - Thursday, August 22
Springwater Trail Cleanup - Friday, August 23
Johnson Creek Cleanup - Saturday, August 24
Illamette Cleanup and Hip Hop Festival - Saturday, August 24
Sauvie Island Walton Beach Cleanup for August - Saturday, August 31
Down the River Cleanup on the Clackamas - Sunday, September 8
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
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, fisherman, and those enjoying other outdoor recreation opportunities.
In 2018, SOLVE volunteers removed 8,480 pounds of trash including 23 tires. SOLVE and Water Environment Services invite all individuals and organizations that care about our waterways to join us in an effort to combat this problem through a summer of service: Four months of volunteer events focusing on litter removal along our beautiful waterways. People of all ages and all walks of life can take meaningful action to steward the places in which they live, work, and play.