The first community cleanup of the Stanislaus River in Oakdale in early February was classified as a huge success. About 30 volunteers filled two 20-yard dumpsters with trash and debris collected from the river both under the bridge and just below the bridge. Many volunteer hours and donations from businesses within the Oakdale Shopping Center helped to make the north entrance to the city and the Stanislaus River a cleaner environment to enjoy.
Officials have set the next Stanislaus River cleanup for this Saturday, March 5. Lieutenant Phil McKay of the Department of Fish and Game is working with the community to clean the river. This month, there will be a quick pick up of trash on the south side of the river and then volunteers will move to the north side of the river where several campsites have been posted.
Those planning to help are asked to in the Costless parking lot near the river at 9:30 a.m. and the work day will run to 11:30 a.m.; bring gloves, boots, buckets, and energy.