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We Love
Clean Rivers

Turning restoration into recreation

Stash the Trash WORKS

Working with the Clackamas River Basin Council and various riverside land managers and owners, 13 Stash the Trash stations are helping floaters, boaters, and other river lovers keep the Clackamas free of trash.

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Clackamas River Summer Update!

Over the last two months, volunteers with We Love Clean Rivers have been paddling the Clackamas, meeting with riverside land managers and stakeholders, and engaging the public with simple messaging around stewardship and safety. It’s been fun. We are learning a lot.

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pounds of trash pulled from our rivers

Amount of people provided with drinking water from the Clackamas river



volunteer organized


volunteers and counting


Amount of trash recycled from our events


pounds of trash pulled from our rivers

Amount of people provided with cleaner waters on the Clackamas river



volunteers and counting


Amount of trash recycled from our events

A few of our programs

Down the River Cleanup

The annual Down the River Clean Up is an on-the-river, 20+ mile clean up made possible by a rich network of river recreationalists, outdoor companies, environmental organizations, government entities, local community leaders, and hopefully you!


Clackamas River Ambassadors

Clackamas River Ambassadors provide river visitors with stewardship and safety info to better enjoy the Clackamas. Throughout the summer volunteers support park staff and the larger public by helping keep Stash the Trash and Life Jacket Loaner stations stocked, river information boards updated, and periodically sweep sections during fun and effective mini-cleanups. Anyone can be a River Ambassador!

Willamette Falls Cleanup

Our team has been working over the years to pull industrial debris and trash from the base of the falls and the surrounding area. With the help of our volunteers and partners we’ve been able to remove thousands of pounds of equipment via barge and crane.

Our VISION, mission, Focus


everyone has access to healthy and beautiful rivers, and cleanups are a thing of the past. 


We Love Clean Rivers , Inc. is a 501©3 non‐profit organization with mission to facilitate community based river stewardship projects. 


We are dedicated to cleaning high use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community in partnership with local government and community-based environmental, recreation and educational organizations. 

We coordinate with canoers, kayakers, rafters, anglers, SCUBA divers and tubers, along with artists, chefs and other volunteers

We work with large stakeholder groups to improve access, promote Leave No Trace recreation and events, and foster long term stewardship.


We Love Clean Rivers has proudly been a working board since its founding. If you are interested in serving on the board or volunteering in any capacity, please email us at info@welovecleanrivers.org. One of our board members will reach out to you shortly thereafter. 

Thank you!

Current Board of Directors

Matt Taylor, Chair

Sam Drevo, Vice Chair

Jodie Deigan, Secretary

Travis Cooper, Treasurer

Genny Kiley, At Large


Our work

After honing our participatory “Down the River Cleanup” model on the Clackamas River for many years, We Love Clean Rivers now works in partnership with any entity interested in catalyzing the recreation community for river stewardship events.

Through community education and outreach programs like the River Ambassadors, its annual Down the River Cleanup on the Clackamas and other rivers, and associated self-guided river cleanups throughout the region, WLCR seeks to eliminate the need for annual cleanup events altogether (or turn them into celebratory floats down pristine stretches of rivers!).