Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Nonprofit organizations plan the annual Down the River Clean Up for Sunday, Sept. 7. The giant float draws volunteers to clean trash from along the banks of the Clackamas River. The Clackamas River Basin Council and We Love Clean Rivers are planning the 12th annual Down the River Clean Up Sunday, Sept. 7.

The annual event has involved thousands of volunteers and removed 59,000 pound of trash from the river since its inception.

Volunteer rafters, kayakers, drift-boaters and divers will meet at 9 a.m. at Barton County Park before collecting trash from the banks and waters of the lower 15-miles of the Clackamas River.

Organizers encourage all nonmotorized watercrafts to take part, though boaters must have Class II and whitewater experience and bring a personal floatation device for each person.

If you don’t have your own boat, you can snag a seat on an event raft for $20 or you can volunteer from the land.

After the cleanup, there will be a free barbecue, live music, Base Camp Brewing Company beer and a silent auction to celebrate.

Volunteers must preregister at

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