Timberline to Troutdale Cleanup Efforts

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volunteer floaters on sandy river
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Rafts on the Sandy River

Volunteers remove hundreds to thousands of pounds of litter every year from in and along the Sandy River and its tributaries.







Timberline to Troutdale Cleanups

From the top (Timberline) to the bottom (Troutdale) of the Sandy watershed litter cleanup efforts happen year round. Individuals and groups remove hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds of litter every year from in and along the Sandy River and its tributaries. 

Major volunteer cleanup efforts supported by the council started in 2014 with the first Headwaters/Timberline (now All Mountain) cleanup and Lower Sandy Floating cleanup. These volunteer events occur every September.  In addition, the council, other organizations, and individuals support additional cleanup efforts throughout the watershed year round.

Stash the Trash

Grab a "Stash the Trash" bag at any of the five recreation sites along the Sandy River listed below. Fill it up with trash you find while recreating. These bags can be left by park trash cans or emptied into trash and recycling containers and reused. 

Stash the Trash began in the Clackamas River Basin where the program halved the amount of trash removed during cleanup events. Since the installation of Stash the Trash bags and kiosks in the Sandy watershed  during the summer of 2019, park staff have seen significant reductions in litter at the associated park.  

Be part of the solution and join us for the 2020 Stash the Trash Summer Kick-off and beach Fiesta on Saturday June 5th, 2020 at Glenn Otto Park and join us for the Timberline to Troutdale Cleanups in September! 

Thank you to our partners at participating recreation sites and our funders for making this initiative possible! Funders include: Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Next Adventure, Oregon Metro, Portland Water Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, Migration Brewing, Oregon State Parks, City of Troutdale, SOLVE Oregon

Contact us if you’d like to become a sponsor of Stash the Trash — business and community partners will have their logos displayed on the bags, which will be printed when current supplies run out.

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volunteer floaters on sandy river

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Volunteers float, clean and smile down the Sandy River

"You get to give back to the community and also do something fun," said Tilmant, clubs and organizations coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College. "It supplies people an opportunity to clean up the river ... it's an easily obtainable (volunteer task) to do."

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Timberline to Troutdale Cleanups 2019

During these two events last year we:

  • picked up over 2,500 pounds of trash
  • had 125 volunteer participants
  • floated 6 rafts
  • and found a $20 dollar bill!

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