Every year, volunteers and members of Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited join up with local partners to help clean up local watersheds. Here are a few of our most recent events.

JOIN US! Russian River Watershed Cleanup

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM - Sign up online here

Join RETU for the annual Russian River Cleanup on September 21st. Please pitch in wherever you can, if you want to join the RETU board and members we will be leading the Guerneville / Johnson's Beach to Rio Nido canoe stretch. Come spend a day on the river and give back!

Sign up and choose the part of the river you want to help out on so we know how many folks to expect. This is a community event and we are grateful for the other sponsors and volunteer leaders for their efforts to clean up the river before winter storms come and flush everything into the ocean.


Past Cleanups

Petaluma River Cleanup

RETU led a volunteer cleanup team on Adobe Creek. Together we hauled out several large bags of trash.

RETU led a volunteer cleanup team on Adobe Creek. Together we hauled out several large bags of trash.

RETU joins with the Friends of the Petaluma River to work on river cleanup to help restore this beautiful watershed.

Locals come out in force! The event attracts hundreds of volunteers including from local Trout Unlimited chapters. The cleanup targets over a dozen locations along the River and its tributaries to help improve water quality and protect habitat. The hard working team at the Friends of the Petaluma River also organizes a BBQ with live music, educational activities and a raffle for volunteers.

Russian River Cleanup

RETU partners with the Clean River Alliance and the Russian River Wild Steelhead Society for river cleanup days. Cleanups include a float down hard-to-reach sections of the river, where volunteers pull out trash and haul them downstream on inflatable kayaks. In one float, 27 volunteers pulled out 35 tires - a total of 2,080 pounds of trash in 4 hours! Afterwards we relaxed with an awesome barbecue lunch and refreshments. While these days are about giving back to the watersheds we love, they are also a fun day out on the water.

We also sponsor and participate in the annual Russian River Cleanup held in September. For more info: http://russianrivercleanup.org