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Oh yes… 1 more year of fun! Yesterday we had 300 people come out to paddle down the Clackamas River outside Portland, and clean it up! We had plenty of clif bars on site, and had good weather. It was in the mid 70s, and a little cloudy, but otherwise great weather. We had fisherman, rafters, kayakers, canoers, and drift boaters for a day of river stewardship. Mississippi Studios set up music, and we had a HUGE BBQ for all the volunteers after the event. This year was a landmark year, b/c we pulled out less trash this year than ever before. Over the past 6 years we cleaned on average 3 tons of trash- thats right over 6,000 lbs of trash / year. Pretty amazing amount of trash every year until this one. I am guessing we pulled out 50% less trash this year than in previous years, and I think we are starting to create a critical mass that has helped a paradigm shift take place in how people treat the Clackamas River. We had KOIN 6 news, out KPAM AM talk radio and a few other media outlets. Most exciting this year though is the Ripple Effect. We have a group of 15 artists this year that will be making Fine Art from the trash pulled out of the river. Last year was the first time we integrated artists, and had 5 artists… the Art show had almost twice the amount of people come as that showed up to the River Cleanup (so 500-600 people) and 80% of the Art sold! Pretty amazing. learn more at www.ripplepdx.org

Check out this video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7GdbEsN-6A

Check out what WEND mag had to say about the event.

Blog entry on Wend by Anna Brones (also with us in Pod 10!):
http://www.wendmag.com/iwend/2009/09/down-the-river-cleanup/

To learn more about upcoming events go to www.welovecleanrivers.org