The Foothill Conservancy has been working with the community and our unhoused neighbors in an effort to clean up local homeless encampments along waterways. Some of these sites are occupied and some have been vacated by the time we arrive. The Foothill Conservancy has a long history of local stream preservation and our encampment cleanups are an extension of this commitment to keeping rivers wild.
We have an ongoing partnership with several encampments. We provide garbage bags and the residents fill those bags with debris. Once they fill the bags they leave them at an agreed upon location and we pick them up and take them to the dump.
At the abandoned sites, we work to remove all remaining trash left by the campers. ACES Services Inc. provides us with dumpsters and waives bin delivery fees. Sierra Wind Wellness and Recovery Center facilitates communications with our unsheltered volunteers.
Our encampment cleanups help ensure clean water for the entire community. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. To date we have cleaned up five sites and continue to maintain two encampments.
We need volunteers for our next cleanup at the Kennedy Mine Dam. Please help us on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no street address for the cleanup. It’s a gate on New York Ranch Road. Best directions are: Turn on New York Ranch Road off of Court Street. The dirt lane to the cleanup site is the second left (double gated) past the Quail Hollow Professional Center. There will be a sign. Wear sturdy shoes and gloves. Masks are required if not fully vaccinated.
If you can’t volunteer this weekend, but would like to contribute, commercial strength trash bags and monetary donations to support other organizational expenses (such as staff time) are greatly appreciated. Consider volunteering on our planning team. For collaborations or to help sponsor a cleanup (the average cost of a cleanup is $350) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call the Foothill Conservancy at 209-223-3508, and leave a message, or send us an email.