Floating cleanup focuses on the Clackamas River
Rose Weinberg noticed trash along the shore while floating the Clackamas River and decided to take action.
Weinberg, a Sandy resident, will host the Clackamas River Float Community Cleanup on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Participants will meet at Barton Park at 11 a.m. to float to Carver Park and pick up trash along the way.
"I adore Oregon. I was raised in the Arizona desert, but my dad passed away and I needed a change, and I came out here and fell in love. It was so beautiful and so green. It was something I'd never seen before in my life," she said. "I want to keep it the way I saw it when I first came here, or even better."
Weinberg also coordinates the Be the Change Facebook group, a collection of people who share an interest in empowerment and personal growth. Many members also typically participate in environmental cleanup events.
Previously, the group hosted a cleanup at the riverfront in downtown Portland. After their event on the Clackamas, they will host a cleanup from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in at Orchards Park in Vancouver, Wash.
Weinberg finds it rewarding to collaborate with others who are also interested in cleaning Oregon's rivers.
"There are people who are willing to get up on
a Saturday morning and pick up trash with people they don't know," she said. "The best
part is seeing people who want to be the change in the world show up."
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