The third annual River Clean-up in Colusa was deemed a huge success by its organizer Premier Mushrooms Inc sustainability coordinator Kevin Foley. It has grown both in volunteers and the amount of debris collected with each year.
Foley and 50 volunteers collected 1,600 pounds of debris in an effort concentrated along the waterway at the Colusa State Park area on Sept. 20.
Foley said that he was very pleased with the continued growth of the event which began with only about 20 people three years ago when the group collected about 70 pounds of debris. Last year volunteers increased to 30, and they removed 700 pounds.
“The community effort was developed as a result of Premier Mushroom’s desire to align its own sustainability goals with those of the local community. Given Colusa’s close proximity to the Sacramento River, it was decided that this would be where we’d focus our efforts,” said Foley. “The state recreation area also has a rich riparian forest that is home to a variety of fish, birds, mammals and other wildlife. It was the perfect intersection of Community, Environment and Business.”
The Colusa project was initially created as a local effort, but then the group learned that it coincided with California’s statewide clean-up. After a quick phone call to the coastal commission, Colusa officially became the 55th of 58 counties to participate in the statewide event. “Therefore, the Colusa clean-up would henceforth be part of a much larger volunteer effort taking place all around the globe,” said Foley. Over the past few years, the event has attracted a broad range of supportive sponsors within the local business community. This year there were 13 sponsors including Premier Mushrooms, Steelhead Lodge, Central Valley Gas Storage, Roccos, Body Shop Fitness, Tacos El Amigo, Kittle’s Outdoor and Sport Co., Superior Tire, Hoblit Motors, River Partners, Net Impact Sacramento, California Coastal Commission and Inked Up & Stitched Out.
“This growing list is a testament to how much support these community and environmental efforts have in Colusa County,” said Foley.
Volunteers this year included community members ranging in ages from children to senior citizens.
The group met at 10 a.m. for sign-up and orientation and then River Partners provided a river ecology and nature walk.
Volunteers then cleaned up debris along the river for two hours before heading to Steelhead Lodge Bar & Grill for lunch, wrap up and prizes.
Lunch was provided by Steelhead Lodge, Tacos El Amigo and Rocco’s Bar & Grill. ■