Santa Ana River Cleanup Day Set for Oct. 4, 2014

UCR Friends of the River and UCR Environmental Health and Safety are co-promoting this public service opportunity


UCR students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in a cleanup of the Santa Ana River and City Waterways on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Students, staff and faculty at the University of California, Riverside are invited to join members of the community in helping to beautify our environment by participating in the annual Santa Ana River Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Volunteers, who must RSVP in advance either online or by downloading, printing and faxing or mailing this flyer, will receive a lunch, a t-shirt, and credit for community service hours.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, with volunteers meeting at the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District at 1995 Market St.The event is organized by Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful. For more information on participating, contact Ronald Liu at or call (951) 683-7100, x212.


The Santa Ana River Photo by CHRISTINE FRENCH

“The cleanup day presents a unique opportunity for the people of our campus to make a difference, to learn about the river, about the serious issue of trash and pollution in California, and about stormwater pollution prevention technology,” said Amanda Grey, environmental programs manager with UCR Environmental Health and Safety.

Stephen Mitchell, distinguished librarian at the Orbach Science Library and co-coordinator of the UCR Friends of the Santa Ana River, said that the river has the potential to become a vibrant recreational and open space.

“This is the river our campus and city is named for,” he said. “It provides us water and is an aqueous gem in what is otherwise a very arid climate. If we have the vision, it could become our Inland Empire version of Golden Gate Park or Central Park.”

Mitchell cited the Anza Narrows and Martha McLean Park in western Riverside as examples of the river’s potential.

Sponsors include City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, City of Riverside Public Works Department, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Riverside County Waste Management, and the Santa Ana River Trust.

The clean-up is one of several events that is being supported by the UCR Friends of the Santa Ana River, which has served as an educational forum for the issues affecting the river and its tributaries including endangered species, invasive species, habitat restoration and development of the Santa Ana River Bike Trail and the Santa Ana River Conservancy.

UCR Environmental Health and Safety’s promotion and participation in the clean-up is part of the campus’ Stormwater Public Education and Outreach program, which fulfills requirements of the federal Clean Water Act.

“As public awareness is raised, people take responsibility for individual actions to prevent stormwater pollution and thereby protect their local receiving waters, and ultimately oceans,” Grey said, adding that other education programs will be held throughout the academic year.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Ronald Liu
Tel: (951) 683-7100, x212

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