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Annual river cleanup returns to Santa Clarita

Posted: September 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Mark your calendars: The deadline to register to participate in the annual effort to spruce up the Santa Clara River is fast approaching.

The annual River Rally Clean-up will be held Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., but the deadline to sign up and participate is Friday, Sept. 13.

Organizations and community volunteers can register for the event online at GreenSantaClarita.com or by calling the River Rally hotline, 661-284-1415.

This year marks the 19th time the event has been held to clear trash out of the river, which winds through the Santa Clarita Valley on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

“River Rally is a great opportunity for clubs, organizations, students, scout troops and families to volunteer and help preserve the beauty of the Santa Clara River and the diverse wildlife that inhabit it,” said Mayor Bob Kellar in a news release.

“Since 1994, volunteers have helped remove more than 377,000 pounds of trash from the riverbed and its tributaries as part of River Rally, and I know this year will be one of our best yet.”

This year’s event entails removing trash from Newhall Creek, one of the tributaries of the Santa Clara River.

All those who wish to volunteer must wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing to the cleanup task, according to city officials. Collection bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided.

The first 1,400 volunteers will receive a commemorative giveaway, according to the city.

The event will also include an environmental expo, at which attendees can learn about city programs dealing with pollution prevention, wildlife conservation, open space preservation and air and water quality.

Almost half of the water supply for the Santa Clarita Valley comes from the river, according to the city. The river is also home to numerous endangered species, archaeological sites and historical landmarks.

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