What is the Great Sierra River Cleanup?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.


Why is it important?

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water resources and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

On Shore Sites:

On the Water Cleanups in Kayaks & Canoes:

Schaeffer Bridge to Sante Fe Trestle 

Sante Fe Trestle to McConnell State Park



Individuals:  Follow the links above to register.  

Groups:  Contact Steve:  559-289-8874.  Your group can adopt a site!

Cleanup Site Leaders:  If you would like to be a cleanup site leader Click Here.


What We Supply

  • Canoes & Kayaks

  • Life Jackets

  • Paddles

  • Trash Bags

  • First Aid Kit


What You Need

  • Leather Gloves

  • Closed Toe Shoes (No Sandals, Flip Flops)

  • Water

  • Water clothes (for on the water cleanups)

  • Lunch & Snacks

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Trash Grabbers


Click here for a checklist.

Click Here for Directions.

Click Here to sign the Volunteer Waiver.

Click Here toDownload Flyer.


Contact us:


Steve Starcher












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The EMRCD is a not-for-profit, special district 170(c)(1), that solely operates on donations, grants, contracts and special fundraising events. It is governed by a Board of Directors, and quality staff, to ensure all community-based efforts help Merced County.


In accordance with California SB 272, the EMRCD provides a list of “enterprise” systems that are used across multiple departments or that contain information collected about the public and are systems that serve as original sources of data within an agency. The enterprise catalog can be viewed by clicking here.

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Address: 2926 G. Street Merced, CA 95340