Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
COME ON in … the water is fine. The Columbia gets pressure from irrigation, shipping, and recreation. Anyone interested in showing their appreciation for all it does can join the Riverkeeper “Love Your Columbia Day” later this month.
Columbia Riverkeeper is partnering in the second annual Love Your Columbia Day Aug. 22, and anyone may get involved.
This one-day event features community river cleanups, invasive species eradication, restoration projects, and river celebrations in local communities along the Columbia. By coordinating volunteers and partners throughout the watershed, Riverkeeper works to unite citizens, organizations, and river enthusiasts for a day of giving back to an interdependent resource.
The purpose is to highlight the issues surrounding the river by increasing public awareness, working to restore its health, and encourage improved stewardship along the entire river.
Day of Community River Cleanups happen Saturday, Aug. 22 (and some on later dates) along the Columbia from British Columbia to the estuary and include invasive species eradication, restoration projects, and celebrations; details below about projects in the mid-Columbia.
All volunteers are welcome. Join Riverkeeper partners and volunteers throughout the watershed. Pre-registration is encouraged and required for some events.
Registered events range from litter pick-ups and invasive weed pulls to educational outings and community riverside celebrations. Check columbiariverkeeper.org/events/love-your-columbia-restoration-in-your-community/ for event details.
Love Your Columbia Event locations include:
- Hood River,: 10 a.m., Lower Hood River clean up with Columbia Riverkeeper. Meet at Hood River Spit Parking Area downstream from the Hood River pedestrian bridge. Bags and gloves provided. Register with Lorri@columbiariverkeeper.org or 541-399-0769.
- Biggs, 9 a.m., Spanish Gulch Cleanup with Columbia Riverkeeper (meet at Riverkeeper office in Hood River for carpool). Bags and gloves provided. Please register with Lorri@columbia riverkeeper.org or 541-399-0769.
- The Dalles, 10 a.m., The Dalles River Cleanup with Columbia Riverkeeper. Meet at Riverfront Park by the Kayak Shack. Bags and gloves provided. Bring your bike if you want explore the trail and look for litter beyond the park area.
Contact Lorri@columbia riverkeeper.org or 541-399-7069.
- Lyle, 10 a.m., Klickitat River Cleanup with Klickitat Trails Conservancy. Meet at Klickitat Trailhead in Lyle. Contact Dave Berger at davidberger169@hotmail. com.
- Dalton Point,: 9-11:30 a.m. Paddle Trip from Dalton Point to Rooster Rock with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. Ages 12 and up. http://www.estuarypartnership.org/event/2015/paddle-us-columbia-gorge
- BZ Corner, Aug. 23, Community White Salmon River Rafting with All Adventures Rafting. Ages 7 and up. $25/person. Spaces are limited, registration required. Contact Heather at 479-970-6078 or email@example.com.
- North Bonneville, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Pierce Island, Cleanup with Columbia Land Trust. http://www.columbialandtrust.org/volunteer-opportunity — third-annual-big-river-clean-up.