Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up is Saturday, June 30th!
Help clean up the Deschutes River at the annual clean-up event. Learn more here!
What: Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up
Who: The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Local Partners, and Community Volunteers
When: 9am to 1pm on Saturday, July 30, 2022
Where: Volunteers will meet at Farewell Bend Park and other cleanup sites. River clean-up activities will take place in the Deschutes River at six different sites between LaPine State Park and Tumalo State Park. After stewardship activities, there will be a volunteer appreciation event at the new Black Diamond store.
How: Volunteers will need to pre-register to participate in the Deschutes River Cleanup at www.restorethedeschutes.org
The Deschutes River Clean-Up is a special day for watershed stewards of all ages to give back to the river. With a dramatic increase in river recreation recently, the Deschutes River and its riparian areas have been negatively impacted and it is our duty to protect the river. The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council coordinates the Deschutes River Clean-Up each year to engage business partners, river users, and community members in hands- on stewardship activities on the Deschutes River. On July 30th, we will work with volunteers to remove harmful weeds, instream debris and litter along the Deschutes River. Recreation use of the river has increased dramatically over the past few years and, unfortunately, so too has the amount of debris that ends up in the river. Approximately 300,000 people now float the river through Bend every summer. According to Kolleen Miller, the Education Director for the Watershed Council, “When I first started coordinating the river clean-up many years ago we were mainly removing relic lumber mill debris from the river. Now, we are removing bags and bags of cell phones, flip flops, GoPros, wallets, bikes, and hundreds of bottles out of the river and its sensitive streambanks. The last time we coordinated an instream river cleanup, divers pulled 1,400 pounds of garbage out of the river! Most importantly, we hope to raise awareness about the problem so that the garbage stops ending up in there in the first place.” The Deschutes River Clean-Up strives to help volunteers develop a sense of stewardship as they learn about the health of the Deschutes watershed. This is an annual event coordinated by the Watershed Council to keep our river beautiful and protect water quality for fish and wildlife.
Sponsors: This year’s Title Sponsors include the City of Bend, Bend Park and Recreation District, Visit Bend, Mt. Bachelor and Sun Country Tours, and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe. Additional sponsors include We Clean, Crater Lake Spirits, Black Diamond, and REI. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for making the Deschutes River Cleanup possible!!