Colusa County volunteers joined in the 6th annual effort to clean up the banks of the Sacramento River in Colusa. This year they fanned out to include areas along the State Park, the area on the opposite side of the Bridge Street Bridge and also at Colusa Weir.
The event; held on September 30, and sponsored by Premier Mushrooms Inc., Central Valley Gas Storage, Colusa Industrial Properties, River Partners and Recology is held each year in conjunction with the annual California Coastal Clean-up Day.
About 40 volunteers joined the effort in Colusa this year. “We cleared less trash and recyclables this year, but that means our efforts in past years are paying off,” said Premier Mushroom’s sustainability manager Kevin Foley who organizes the event each year.
Colusa County Supervisor Denise Carter, who has participated with the clean up annually, spoke briefly prior to the start of the effort. She reminded the volunteers that Foley has made the effort to make sure this happens each year.
She also commented that last year the clean up included a flooded out homeless encampment. “The massive amounts of rain last year had demolished the camp. The volunteers made a great effort to clear it, but the probation department also followed up two weekends after the event to finish the job,” she said. The river clean up group hauled out five truckloads of debris which resulted in Recology who had brought two trash bins for the clean-up to bring in a third bin.
Carter and fellow supervisor John Loudon and his wife Nancy always show up to help out with this event.
“I think it is wonderful that our supervisors show an enthusiasm for community by always helping out,” said Jennifer Diaz, publicist for Premier Mushrooms Inc.
“This has become a great event in Colusa County,” said Foley. “We have a lot of people who return year after year to help with this effort,” he said. “We appreciate the continued support,” he added.
Following the clean up, a continental breakfast prepared by Caffeinated and sponsored by Colusa Industrial Properties was served onsite.
picture: Denise Carter and Kevin Foley