The third annual Salmon Headwaters Clean-Up sponsored by the Snowrider Project yielded big results once again!
Over 4,000 pounds of garbage was removed from the headwaters of the Salmon River, near Timberline Lodge. Additionally, 1,200 pounds of scrap metal were found, including an old engine block! The most common items found included drink containers, plastic bags, golf balls, and clothing.
For more information about the day, check out this video compiled by the Snowrider Project!
Cleanups like this are important to maintaining the natural ecosystem in the Salmon River’s headwaters, which is a top three basin priority for restoration. With over 100 inches of rain annually, much of the trash would be washed downstream if it wasn’t removed. Maintaining the headwaters also assures quality habitat for native fish, such as steelhead and cutthroat trout in this nationally protected Wild and Scenic River.
In addition to volunteers, partners from the Portland Mountain Rescue, The US Forest Service, Timberline Lodge, Black Diamond, Voodoo Doughnut, Resource Revival, Mt. Hood Roasters, The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, and Charlie’s Mountain View helped to complete this work.
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