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I'm organizing a pre-season trash clean up on the Cedar River this year. The project is still in the planning phase, but I met with a representative from the Cedar River Council yesterday and they're on board. King County will (hopefully) be providing logistical support, trash collection, and publicity. The tentative date is Saturday May 20 (in between Mother's Day and Memorial Day). We plan to focus on the highly trafficked sections between the 405 bridge and Habenicht Park. The more people we get, the more ground we can cover.

Think of this as a karma building exercise for the upcoming fishing season! In addition to cleaning up one of our favorite local streams, the event will also give you a chance to scout the river before it opens. With all the rain we've had this year, there are bound to be new or different logjams, gravel bars, and other structural features. Hope to see many of you there.

Also, for anyone who was following my signage project last year, that is still in the works. We're working on designing the signs now and the next step will be getting approval to post them. I'm still cautiously optimistic that we can have the signs in the ground before the season opens. More details to follow.
 

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Update:

I met with a representative from the Cedar River Council and King County's parks division yesterday to discuss the project. The County has agreed to provide trash bags and gloves and will collect bags from the clean up sites at the end of the day. The Cedar River Council will be providing some logistical support and publicity, as well as a meeting place (Riverbend Clubhouse - 17410 SE Maple Valley Road). We're still working out the details, but the date is now official - May 20, 2017. We will meet at the Riverbend Clubhouse for a quick informational session that morning, then crews will dispatch to various locations. We are considering doing a gathering of some kind back at the Clubhouse that afternoon, possibly involving food and beverages. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us. I am now gathering names and contact information for prospective volunteers. The list will help the CRC and King County track volunteer hours to estimate the impact of future events, which could result in funding/support for a similar project next year. In other news, a representative from the Bellevue Orvis store is working on coordinating another cleanup in August. More details on that to follow.

If you are interested in helping out, please comment here or send me a PM with your name, phone number, and an email address. Thanks!
 

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Update:

I met with a representative from the Cedar River Council and King County's parks division yesterday to discuss the project. The County has agreed to provide trash bags and gloves and will collect bags from the clean up sites at the end of the day. The Cedar River Council will be providing some logistical support and publicity, as well as a meeting place (Riverbend Clubhouse - 17410 SE Maple Valley Road). We're still working out the details, but the date is now official - May 20, 2017. We will meet at the Riverbend Clubhouse for a quick informational session that morning, then crews will dispatch to various locations. We are considering doing a gathering of some kind back at the Clubhouse that afternoon, possibly involving food and beverages. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us. I am now gathering names and contact information for prospective volunteers. The list will help the CRC and King County track volunteer hours to estimate the impact of future events, which could result in funding/support for a similar project next year. In other news, a representative from the Bellevue Orvis store is working on coordinating another cleanup in August. More details on that to follow.

If you are interested in helping out, please comment here or send me a PM with your name, phone number, and an email address. Thanks!
I'll be there! Thanks for getting this goin. What time in the morning?:)
 

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I plan on being there and look forward to meeting more folks from this site. I fully support volunteer clean-ups, but I sure would like to find out if there is any city, county, or state organization that has a role in maintaining the river.
 

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I plan on being there and look forward to meeting more folks from this site. I fully support volunteer clean-ups, but I sure would like to find out if there is any city, county, or state organization that has a role in maintaining the river.
There are a ton of organizations that do work out there, but they're spread thin. The parks department is going through a reorganization and they just picked up a lot of new acreage with no new bodies to staff it. But even if they had a larger crew, it's hard to keep pace with the trash that people leave behind. One of the reasons I'm pitching this project to the angling community is that we often see parts of the river that other never do (or only see briefly as they float by). We should be able to find trash that other crews would normally miss.

The Cedar River Council is having their monthly meeting next Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Riverbend Clubhouse. They're just one of the organizations that look after the river. I'll be there if anyone wants to meet up.
 

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Isn't this something they do every year and every year they come out with bags of trash. You would think the the city of Renton uses the river for a garbage dump. You find all sorts of stuff in that river. Including tweekers
 

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Id like to jump on board for this.What do I need to do?
Nothing right now, just shoot me a PM with your name, phone number, and an email address. I will provide updates here for now, then via email once the event gets closer and I have a definitive list of volunteers.

@Old Man this is the first event I've organized, but I can tell you I filled a large mesh bag with trash every time I fish that river. Never takes more than a few minutes to fill it up, even if I fish the same stretch multiple times a week. And yes, no shortage of tweekers.
 
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