Creek cleanup rescheduled for April 6
The Ochoco Creek Cleanup event that was originally planned for March 16 has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6 due to the recent snowstorm.
"It is our goal to have one major in-stream cleanup each spring to remove the trash before high water and all the trash is flushed downstream into the Crooked River or gets all caught up in the streamside bushes and then looks unsightly all summer long," said cleanup organizer Carol Benkosky.
The Rotary Club of Crook County has adopted Ochoco Creek under SOLVE's Adopt a River program. The club organized its first cleanup a year ago.
"Smaller teams do point cleanups of the creek year-round as we find big messes, but this is our big cleanup," Benkosky said.
She asks those interested in volunteering to email her by April 2.
Registration will begin at noon April 6 at Pioneer Park, at Third and Elm streets, and cleanup work will start as soon as teams are formed and briefed.
"The more people who come out to help us, the longer stretch of creek we can clean," Benkosky said. "We would love to be able to clean up from the old Ochoco Lumber property to the confluence with the Crooked River."
Because this is an instream cleanup, organizers need people with waders or at least knee-high boots, as they do get right into the creek. Participants will form teams of four with two in the creek and two on the banks for safety and support. Instream volunteers must be 18 years or older. The bank support volunteers also help clean up the bank trash.
Each team will be assigned a section to focus on. Benkosky anticipates that it will take about two hours to thoroughly clean a section.
Trash bags, pickers and latex gloves will be provided. Participants should bring rubber or other boots with traction for muddy and wet bank conditions, waders and neoprene gloves for those doing instream work, warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, eye protection/sunglasses, and a walking or wading stick for support. They should be prepared for changing conditions, including winter weather and varying water levels.
This Ochoco Creek Cleanup is not a replacement for the community-wide Crook County Parks and Recreation District's Earth Day cleanup event that is scheduled for April 27.
This cleanup is a joint effort of Rotary Club of Crook County, SOLVE, Crook County, Prineville Disposal, Ochoco Brewing Company, and Crook County Parks and Recreation District.
Benkosky encourages locals to join the Rotary Club and help clean up Ochoco Creek.
"After the cleanup, we all gather at Ochoco Brew for a post-cleanup celebration," Benkosky said.
Ochoco Creek Cleanup
Meet at Pioneer Park at noon, Saturday, April 6.