Curry County Trash Dogs helped fill a roll-off Dumpster with debris collected from the banks and ravines along the Rogue River Saturday.
The Dogs, in conjunction with the Lower Rogue Watershed Council and numerous volunteers, picked up trash, hauled away refrigerators, car parts, furniture and other debris dumped in the area. The local group plans to return to the area at a later date to get material they were unable to retrieve.
“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Ed Gross, a leader of the Trash Dogs. “We got three trailer loads of big-time garbage: refrigerators, a TV, microwave and tires – those things were huge. We had a great day.”
According to Kelly Sparks of the watershed council, 85 people collected more than 20 cubic yards – several tons – of trash along the gravel bars of the lower Rogue and Illinois rivers and beaches near the river mouth.
Additionally, volunteers in 13 jet boats cleared more than 2 acres of Scotch broom, a non-native species.
The cleanup was followed by a barbecue at Quosatana Campground, attended by Smokey Bear and U.S. Forest Service representatives who spoke about stewardship of the natural resources.
The Rogue River is a popular waterway for whiteriver rafting, fishing, camping and hiking.
“The event shows that by changing the way our youth and community think about our river, invasive plants and responsible trash disposal, we are all making a difference.” Sparks said.