Frequently Asked Questions
The Day of the Cleanup
What do I bring?
Please bring the following:
- Shoes that cover your feet
- Hat or head covering
- Bandages in a plastic bag (in the event of small cuts)
- Gloves (optional as we will provide)
- Snack or lunch
- Something to tie in coolers or backpacks if you are
in a canoe or boat
Most importantly, your enthusiasm for the day’s event.
We thrive on positive energy!
TIP: DO NOT bring anything that could get
damaged – like your jewelry, MP3 player, or cell phone!
What should I not bring?
Please do not bring any electronics on the river; this includes
remote key access to cars. Disposable cameras are OK;
but they should be put in water tight bags.
What do I wear?
Please wear old rugged clothing. Shoes should protect your
feet especially if you plan to wade in the river to pull out
trash. DO NOT wear sandals or flips-flops.
Old sneakers work well for the people in canoes. If you plan
to walk on shore, please make sure that your footwear is supportive
Where do I meet?
There are three meeting places: Healdsburg Park and Ride
on Healdsburg Avenue, Mirabel Park and Ride lot, and Johnson’s
Beach in Guerneville. Where you meet is dependent on which route
of the river you are assigned to. You will be sent an e-mail
reminder which will tell you at which of the three locations
to meet. See Map & Directions.
Is lunch provided?
Is it okay to bring alcoholic beverages?
No! We are strict that no alcoholic beverages be
consumed when participating in the Russian River Watershed Cleanup .
What will be provided when I get to the event?
We will provide gloves and bags for the trash, and a snack
at the meeting place.
How long should I expect be at the event?
The estimated time range is about three hours at most beaches
to approximately six hours on the longer canoe runs.
People on canoe runs will be given rides back to their cars.
What happens at check-in on the day of the cleanup?
You will meet at your assigned location (either
Healdsburg, Mirabel or Guerneville), complete a waiver (if
not already completed) and turn it in. Everyone will
be given gloves and trash bags.
If you are on a canoe route, you will meet with the
leader of your route. Shuttles are provided to and
from some put-in locations.
There will be a general meeting for all participants,
then a specific meeting for participants cleaning up
Expect to work hard, have fun and get dirty!
What should I do if I cannot make it after I have already registered?
Are life jackets provided?
Yes, life jackets are provided and are mandatory on the river.
How old do you have to be to paddle a canoe?
If you can pick up garbage, you can participate. We have
had the wonderful opportunity to have several classes from
area grade schools participate in the cleanup.
However, we require that anyone under the age of 16 must be
accompanied by an adult.
Where does the trash go?
Some of our volunteers return on Sunday to sort through
Saturday’s collection. Glass, plastic, aluminum, tires and
other scrap metal are reclaimed for recycling. All remaining
refuse is loaded onto volunteer vehicles and disposed of at
a local landfill.