“For the past two years community volunteers and Premier Mushrooms Inc. employees have join together in a noble effort to clean Colusa’s Greenbelt running along the Sacramento River,” said Premier’s sustainability coordinator Kevin Foley.
Last year local partnerships included River Partners, Tommy’s Market Street Grill, Steelhead Lodge Bar & Grill, Central Valley Gas Storage and Superior Tires. This year’s sponsors to date are Premier Mushrooms Inc,
Steelhead Lodge, Central Valley Gas Storage, Net Impact Sacramento, Taco’s El Amigo, and River Partners.
Each year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California’s Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2012, over 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet.
There were about 30 volunteers last year who removed over 720 pounds of debris from the area surrounding the State Park. The jump in pounds collected last year could be credited to finding tires, a shell of a washing machine, a recliner and other household items along with the numerous collections bags filled with paper, bottles, cans and other items picked up by the group.
“We know where to look now,” said Foley. This year’s efforts will focus on areas where people tend to dump larger items as well as the typical paper trash dumping.
Foley said that he is anticipating an even larger event this year. “We are setting our goal at 100 volunteers and 2,000 pounds of debris that we remove,” he said.
This year’s event will kick-off with a brief presentation by River Partners who has been doing restoration work along the Sacramento River for several years. The clean up will begin following the presentation.
At the conclusion of the clean-up volunteers will be hosted to a barbecue lunch. During the lunch, winners of the competitions will be announced and prizes awarded.
In previous years a tour of Premier Mushrooms Inc. farm was held prior to the cleanup. The tour will not be available this year due to personnel/space restrictions. Instead, the plan is to expand the scope of the clean-up and will focus efforts where it’s needed most; along the river.
Individuals or groups interested in farm tours can still sign-up via Premier Mushroom’s website.