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Clean Rivers start with you.

Trash travels throughout the Russian River and its creeks to the ocean where it accumulates on beaches and within giant marine gyres. Once in the water, it breaks down into smaller pieces that harm fish and animals that mistake it for food. And it ruins a day on the beach for residents and tourists, and the local businesses that depend on clean water.

Russian Riverkeeper Clean Team organizes public cleanups throughout the Russian River watershed from Hopland in Mendocino County to the mouth of the river at Jenner-by-the-Sea, on numerous Sonoma County beaches, and on tributary creeks throughout the Santa Rosa plain.

We focus on 3 trash hot spots:

Help the homeless population in Sonoma county maintain sanitary camp conditions by offering clean camp outreach, trash pickup service, and delivery of food, water, safety masks and personal hygiene products. As COVID-19 spreads, unhoused people are among the most vulnerable to infection.

Disaster response to fires and floods, which feel like they are becoming our new normal as the climate warms.

As public safety allows, coordinate volunteers to pick up trash and recyclables. Trash cleanups raise awareness about water pollution and create opportunities for the public to make a difference.

On the third Saturday of September, we gather for our annual Russian River Watershed Cleanup. In 2019, we had a total of 452 volunteers that collectively removed 31,899 lbs of garbage over a single day. For COVID-19 safety reasons, we won’t be gathering in large groups this year. Instead, we’ll form solo and small group cleanups all month long.

Clean Team History

Russian Riverkeeper Clean Team began life as Clean River Alliance, which was founded in 2014 by Sonoma County resident Chris Brokate. After seeing the devastating effects of trash coming down the Russian River and entering the ocean after winter rains, he began getting together with a small, intrepid group of volunteers to do cleanups. In 2016, Clean River Alliance became a 501(c)(3) organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Russian Riverkeeper, and in 2019, it became part of Russian Riverkeeper.

Recent News

Tons of Trash

COVID-19 has worsened our trash problem by making us more reliant on disposable single-use products including safety masks and gloves. Many cash-strapped restaurants are staying afloat by offering take-out wrapped in plastic materials. With many public restrooms [...]

Russian River Watershed Cleanup Month

Join Russian Riverkeeper to clean up the Russian River Watershed during the month of September! This year, cleanups will take place throughout the Russian River Watershed each weekend of September. It’s easy to participate and we provide [...]

A River Home for the Homeless

By Don McEnhill, Russian Riverkeeper My love for the Russian River has taken me places I never thought I’d go, like homeless camps. An estimated 1,148 people live in homeless camps along the Russian River — which [...]

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