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The Great Kern River Cleanup

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The Great Kern River Cleanup

The Great Kern River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Mighty Kern throughout Sequoia National Forest. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and this statewide effort—coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day —serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source at 14,000 ft., to the sea, the Pacific Ocean.


Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 2,200 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with more than 60 percent of its water.

It’s about bringing together families, neighbors, visitors and friends in a gorgeous setting to accomplish something significant and worthwhile on behalf of our environment. By volunteering, you will contribute to extricating the next 100 tons of trash from our precious waterways that provide clean water to visitors and Californians alike.

The Cleanup kicks off Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week, established in 2015 to highlight the importance of the Sierra Nevada Region to the entire state. More than 60% of California’s developed water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada and millions of visitors travel to the Sierra to hike, camp, and sightsee. Whether you think of Tahoe, Yosemite, Mammoth, or the Giant Sequoias — the Sierra Connects us all.

Why is it Important?

The Great Kern River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for local communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers.

It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra Rivers.

The Mission:

The Mission at Kern River Conservancy is to implement our education initiatives focused on watershed conservation, responsible public land use, native trout preservation and community outreach.

Meeting Location:

Kernville Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot

11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville, CA 93238

Saturday, September 12, 2020

10:00 AM  2:00 PM

To sign up or for more event info visit their site:

Contact for General Inquiries

(818) 984-8505

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1042

Kernville, CA 93238

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