Championing the Clackamas River

Championing the Clackamas River

The 15th Annual Down the River Clean Up is in the books! With the help of over 250 volunteers, we removed 1.8 tons of trash from the Clackamas. Thank you to all of our volunteers, partners, and sponsors for another great year!!

Check out the 2015 Event Video by Clackamas County Government Channel.

The Down the River Clean Up is the largest and longest running on-water cleanup event of its kind in Oregon, co-hosted by the Clackamas River Basin Council and We Love Clean Rivers. Over 250 volunteers rally together in rafts, kayaks, and SCUBA gear, to scour the streambed and banks for trash, collecting an average of 1-3 tons each year, over half of which is recycled. Since 2003, over 37 total tons of garbage, the approximate weight of one gray whale, has been removed from the Clackamas River. The event includes a trash sweep of a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River in Oregon City.

Community members are encouraged to come float and fill the boat! Keeping the Clackamas clean will help preserve and protect the health of this beautiful and bountiful river that provides fresh drinking water to thousands of Oregonians and is home to old-growth forests, endangered species, and one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia Basin.

Everyone is encouraged to join the event. All non-motorized paddle crafts may participate and launch at one of four parks: Milo McIver State Park, Barton Park, Carver Boat Ramp, and Riverside Park. Boaters must have Class II+ whitewater experience and wear a life jacket. On-water and on-land volunteer opportunities are available. SCUBA divers are also welcome.

For their hard work, all volunteers are invited to a free BBQ after the clean up.

2013 highlights

2014 highlights

Down the River Clean Up Data 2003-2014

THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners: Clackamas County Parks, Clackamas County Office of Sustainability, Metro, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, DEQ, Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas River Water, Clackamas SWCD, City of Oregon City, eNRG Kayaking, American Medical Response, Safeway, SOLVE, Clackamas River Outfitters, Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, Rick & Barb McCullough, Doug Burbeck, and 3 Guys Grilling!