The City of Santa Clarita will host the 22nd annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The river cleanup event will start at the Newhall Community Center, 22421 Market Street. Residents and organizations who would like to participate in the River Rally cleanup are required to register in advance at GreenSantaClarita.com or by calling the River Rally Hotline at (661) 284-1415.
The deadline for participants to sign up is Wednesday, Sept. 14.
“Our residents really rally together for this event. It’s one that the entire family can be involved in and make a difference in our community,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “Over the years, residents have volunteered their time and removed 410,000 pounds of trash from the Santa Clara River.”
All participating volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for walking in the riverbed. Gloves, collection bags and refreshments will be provided to participants and volunteers will receive a commemorative giveaway (while supplies last). Also, residents are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
Cleanup participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the event’s Environmental Expo which will feature vendors offering helpful tips on recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation and wildlife conservation programs in Santa Clarita.
Nearly half of the Santa Clarita Valley’s water supply travels through the Santa Clara River, which is home to 14 endangered bird species, six endangered plant species, 57 archeological sites and 12 historical landmarks.
Residents are encouraged to carpool, walk or bike to the event site as parking is limited. Free bike valet will be provided. The event is open to all ages, however pets are not allowed. For more information on the 22nd annual River Rally and Environmental Expo, or to sign up to participate, visit GreenSantaClarita.com or call the River Rally hotline, at (661) 284-1415.