2017 Salt River Cleanup Summary

The Event

The first annual Salt River Cleanup was hosted by Keep it Wild Co., Natural Restorations, and Friends of the Tonto.  The goal of the event was to remove as much trash from the riverbanks from Phon D. Sutton and Sheep's Crossing Recreation Centers.  The outcome was even better than anticipated due to the enormous support from the community.  Below is the summary and statistics of the cleanup.

hosts

Keep it Wild Co.: That's us!  We helped fund, coordinate, and promote the event through

Natural Restorations: Founded in 2015, Nicole and Justin Corey started Natural Restorations to help keep our wild places preserved and protected through hard work and dedication.  They are doing great things in conservation, check them out here!

Friends of the Tonto: Our non-profit friends that help protect and educate the public through their work in the Tonto National Forest

Volunteers

506 total volunteers!  We had groups from Home Depot, SRP, Boys and Girls Club, and two different valley high school clubs join us!

Real impact

We removed over 600 bags of trash which totaled over 16,500 lbs.  We collected thousands of cans, tires, clothing, condoms, carpet, fishing tackle, and more.  Take a look at the hundreds of volunteers doing their part to keep our wild spaces clean and free! 

Conclusion

In conclusion, Casi, myself, Sean, and Shawni, want to thank everyone for being part of the first of many more local cleanup efforts throughout the Southwest.  This is the reason Keep it Wild Co. and Arizona Hikers Guide exist.  The wild needs our help and needs to be nurtured.  With your support we can make a real and lasting impact on the local areas we freely enjoy. 

 

Cameron JarmanComment