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15th annual River Rally and Cleanup Saturday

Environmental expo to accompany yearly tradition

Posted: September 8, 2009 10:19 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2009 12:09 p.m.

The River Rally annually cleans a portion of the Santa Clara River, the longest free-flowing river and one of the last two natural river systems remaining in Southern California. Be a part of the solution for a better environment by helping to preserve the river's natural beauty and variety of wildlife.

 
Santa Clarita continues its yearly tradition of keeping the Santa Clara River trash-free with the 15th annual River Rally and Cleanup on Saturday in Newhall.

Since the start of the river rally, some 285,000 pounds of trash has been cleaned from the river and its tributaries, according to a city news release.

This year’s rally will focus on Newhall Creek, located behind the Newhall Community Center at 22421 Market St., Newhall 91321.

The cleanup takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Gloves, collection bags and refreshments will be provided.

The Santa Clara is Southern California’s last free-flowing river to remain un-channeled by concrete. It flows some 110 miles from the San Gabriel Mountains west through the Santa Clarita Valley and Ventura County to the Pacific Ocean.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for walking in the riverbed, sunscreen and a hat.

There will also be an environmental expo with booths providing information about topics including recycling, air quality, pollution prevention and open-space preservation.

For more information on the rally call (661) 286-4098.

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