Give to the river Aug. 20: ‘Love Your Columbia Day’

The third annual Love Your Columbia Day takes place in Hood River Aug. 20, with special cleanup, restoration and celebrations along the river. 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 river.

Riverkeeper has coordinated volunteers and organizational partners throughout the watershed for an event that unites citizens, organizations and river enthusiasts for a day of giving back. In 2015, volunteers and event partners hosted more than a dozen activities and cleanup efforts in Canada, Washington and Oregon.

In Hood River, events are as follows:

• Nichols Natural Area, hosted by Riverside Community Church, UCC, 10-11:30 a.m.

• Powerhouse area, hosted by the Gorge Fly Shop (includes cleanup and raffle), 2-4 p.m.

Other Gorge-area events include:

• Stevenson: Pierce Island Community Cleanup, hosted by Columbia Land Trust on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• The Dalles: Riverfront Park Cleanup and Bike Ride, hosted by Columbia Land Trust, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon

• White Salmon: All Adventures Rafting Interpretative Float on the White Salmon River from Northwestern to the Columbia, past the old Condit Dam site, Aug. 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

All are invited to attend any of the events.

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