By Michelle Ma, Triplicate staff writer
The shores of the Klamath River are once again ready
for a massive clean up, and organizers hope Del Norters
will grab garbage bags and join in.
Now it its seventh year, the Klamath River Clean-up
usually draws 150-200 Yurok tribal members, employees and
local residents to pick up trash along the river's lower
stretches. The spring event aims to rid the river of trash
to benefit fish and beautify the area in time for tourism
"It's definitely an important event for the community
members," said Pam Kostka, a fisheries biologist with the
Yurok Tribe and co-organizer of the clean-up. "The Klamath
is a beautiful river and it's important to keep it that
Volunteers will gather at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters
in Klamath next Saturday morning, then spend about four
hours in groups picking up trash along the river from the
mouth up to Klamath Glen. The event will conclude with a
steelhead and lamprey eel meal, accompanied by traditional
music. Various tribal departments and the AmeriCorps
Watershed Stewards Project are sponsoring the event.
This clean-up event is the largest of its kind in Del
Norte County for the number of participants it draws each
year, said Kevin Hendrick, Del Norte Solid Waste
Management Authority director. The authority budgets money
each year to help with community clean-ups, and the
transfer station will accept the trash collected from next
weekend's event, Hendrick said.
"It's really a nice community function—people working
together to make it all better," Hendrick said.
Organizers must raise about $1,300 to pay for clean-up
supplies and the post-pick-up meal, Kostka said. They are
raffling off four cords of firewood as a fundraiser and
still hope to sell more $10 raffle tickets, she added.
Fundraising for the event has been a necessary activity
most years, and a raffle is commonly used, Kostka said,
although a number of local businesses have also offered
Registration for the clean-up has ended, but volunteers
can still show up the day of the event. Organizers request
that volunteers call the tribal headquarters and leave
their names with the receptionist. Raffle tickets can also
be purchased over the phone.
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If you go
•What: 7th annual Klamath River Clean-up
•When: Saturday, April 12, at 9 a.m.
•Where: Yurok Tribal Headquarters off of U.S. Hwy.101
Organizers request that volunteers who haven't
registered call the tribal headquarters at 707-482-1350 to
leave their names with the receptionist.