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8/6/2014 7:26:00 AM
Wenatchee River clean up effort set for Saturday
Photo submitted by Jennifer Goodridge
The Wenatchee River Clean Up is set for this Saturday. You can meet up in Leavenworth or Cashmere to help out. A barbecue for the volunteers is planned for Riverside Park after the clean up. Pictured are photos from last year’s Wenatchee River Clean Up.

Photo submitted by Jennifer Goodridge
The Wenatchee River Clean Up is set for this Saturday. You can meet up in Leavenworth or Cashmere to help out. A barbecue for the volunteers is planned for Riverside Park after the clean up. Pictured are photos from last year’s Wenatchee River Clean Up.
Submitted by Jennifer Goodridge


The Wenatchee River Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, August 9 from 9-12. Join us at Cashmere Riverside Park or the East Leavenworth Road Boat launch to help clean-up the river. From those two meeting points, volunteers will provided supplies to remove garbage from the river banks at public access points including Monitor bridge, Cashmere Riverfront Park, Dryden dam, East Leavenworth Road boat launch, Icicle Bridge, and other locations. Leavenworth volunteers can also assist with native riparian planting maintenance. Experienced rafters and kayakers are also needed to float and pick-up garbage in and on the banks of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee river.

Following the clean-up, there will be a volunteer appreciation BBQ at Riverfront park from 12-1 with food, prizes, and activities for kids. So bring the whole family outside for a day of river stewardship and fun. This event is being sponsored by Chelan County Natural Resources Department, Cascadia Conservation District, and the Cashmere Lions Club.

The Wenatchee River Cleanup started in 2009 when a local citizen voiced concern about hazardous metal objects in the river. Since then, the Chelan County Natural Resources Department has hired local contractors to remove hazardous material from the river. In addition, Chelan County and partners, such as Cascadia Conservation District, have hosted volunteer clean up events where citizens float a section of river or walk the river banks to remove garbage and debris. Since 2009, this clean-up effort has removed ~29,000 pounds of metal and trash from the Wenatchee river and tributaries. Each year the volunteer clean-up has removed ~ 3,000 pounds of debris.

The Wenatchee River and its tributaries provide critical habitat for several fish species protected under the Endangered Species Act, such as spring Chinook, steelhead, and bull trout. These fish and other key species, such as resident trout, depend upon good water quality. Recreational use on the Wenatchee River peaks in the spring-summer as it is one of the most popular whitewater destinations in Washington State. Large un-natural debris such as cars or car parts, miscellaneous metal, and everyday trash can be found in the river. This trash and debris degrades water quality, aesthetic appeal, and poses a safety hazard to recreational users. Through participation in the river clean up, you can help improve water quality for endangered species and help protect a valuable resource to the local community.







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