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We Love
Clean Rivers

Turning restoration into recreation

Celebrate One Of The Cleanest Urban Rivers In The World. Register For The Cleanup Clackamas Water Trail, Oregon. Where else can you boat one of the most beautiful stretches of urban river in America and enjoy the thrill of grabbing trash, recyclables, and other oddities not belonging in the wild?

River Ambassadors continue to sweep up regular litter on the Clackamas Water Trail, particularly between Barton and Riverside Park.

CLEANUP TALLY SO FAR FROM RIVER AMBASSADORS ON THE CLACKAMAS WATER TRAIL Thanks again to our regular River Ambassadors who have done a fantastic job keeping Stash the Trash Bag stations stocked, modeling great stewardship and safe recreation, and continuing to clean up after our fellow citizens.

CELEBRATE ONE OF THE CLEANEST URBAN RIVERS IN THE WORLD The 20th Annual Down the River Cleanup on the Clackamas will be held September 10th, 2023


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


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 a mission to facilitate community based river stewardship projects. 


We clean high use rivers by mobilizing the recreation community and provide expertise in sustainable river recreation planning and management. 


We Love Clean Rivers has proudly been a working board since its founding. If you’re 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

Julie Maher, Chair

Sam Drevo, Vice Chair

Jodie Deigan, Secretary

Makaila Baron, 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 other groups to catalyze the recreation community for river stewardship.

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!).