Nevada City, CA — The South Yuba River Citizens League’s Annual River Cleanup is turning 25 this year. Each September since 1997, as part of a larger cleanup effort called California Coastal Cleanup Day, SYRCL has organized an annual Yuba River Cleanup event uniting the community to remove the trash that sadly builds up throughout the Yuba River watershed each year.

In the last few years, the Yuba River has been enjoyed by over 800,000 people each summer. From locals to out of town visitors, everyone has an impact on the river. Most who visit recreate with intention, valuing the fragility of the ecosystem, packing out what they have packed in, cleaning up after their dogs, and being fire safety conscious. Unfortunately, either through carelessness or ignorance, not everyone is so respectful.

Yuba River Cleanup 2022

“By the end of ‘river season,’ the Yuba needs a little help from the community that loves it,” stated Melinda Booth, Executive Director.  “This annual cleanup demonstrates uniting the community for the Yuba more than any other SYRCL program and I’m continually in awe at the outpouring of support for this event.” SYRCL invites you to participate in this year’s event September 10-17; volunteer registration is now open.

River Cleanup volunteers make a huge difference. Since its inception, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 180 tons of garbage and recycling from the river. For 25 years this has been a robust event, where much of the community turned out to clean up the Yuba and then gathered for a big celebration.

For its 25th anniversary of the River Cleanup, SYRCL is hoping to unite the community again to help bring the Yuba back its shine. SYRCL is coordinating efforts at over 30 sites for the week of September 10 – 17th with 100s of volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves, put on some gloves, and haul out some trash — please join us. Signups are now open and are available at

The week will culminate in a volunteer appreciation celebration of the river and our community. On September 17th, this party will be held at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park, next to the newly renovated covered bridge. Food, drink, music, fun, and community will be the tenor of the day.

“Throughout the summer, River Ambassadors have heard feedback from visitors and locals alike: they love the Yuba and want to know the best way they can help protect the river,” says Maddie Davis, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager. “The Yuba River Cleanup is the perfect opportunity to join in and activate your passion while working solo or with a team of coworkers, friends, or family members.”

Head on over to to volunteer to help clean up the Yuba. If your favorite site is not on the list, contact Maddie Davis at or 530.265.5961 and she’ll try to add it.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone come out,” says Daniel Elkin, SYRCL’s Communications and Engagement Director. “It’s events like the annual Cleanup that will get us all together in celebration of everything we share.”

The Yuba River is the gem of our community and it needs our help. If you cherish it for what it represents to you and the community, please sign up to volunteer as part of SYRCL’s 25th Annual Yuba River Cleanup.

About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with more than 3,500 members and volunteers. To learn more, visit