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River Clean Effort Seeks Volunteers
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Volunteers are being sought for a river clean up effort on Feb. 6.

For the past five years, a dedicated group of concerned county residents have banded together to form the Stanislaus River Watch to clean up the Stanislaus River. In 2020 alone, they were responsible for removing four tons of garbage from the river’s shores and waters.

The group meets on the first Saturday of every month — even through the pandemic — and they are looking for more volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty for a good cause.

This Saturday, Feb. 6 the group is meeting at the Costless parking lot at 9 a.m. to pick up the trash left behind by vagrants, inconsiderate people, and scavenging animals.

Former Oakdale resident Lynette Halvorsen started the group five years ago with the simplest of missions: protect and clean the river, and they’ve been trudging along with the same core group of volunteers ever since but they could use some extra elbow grease.

The group recently provided a presentation to the Oakdale City Council regarding their ongoing work, eliciting praise from the council for their dedication to the river that courses through the city and provides many tourism opportunities.

No experience is necessary. Questions are answered via email. If you’re interested in lending a hand, you can simply show up on Saturday morning, Feb. 6 with a willing attitude or you can email for more information.

To contact the coordinators, go to: