Clean up & General Information About De-Trash Day

Most safe practices on the river are just good common sense. Come prepared to have fun, but always keep a sharp lookout for hazards. You may be in an unfamiliar setting. Here are a few tips to make your day go by safely.

• Leave all wildlife alone. They are in their place and you are their guest.

• Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately by wearing clothes that can get dirty and wet.

• Bring gloves if you have them.

• Wear a hat, long pants, and sturdy footwear. We respectfully ask that you do not wear flip-flops or open-toed shoes.

• Sunscreen, sunglasses, and snacks are recommended.

• Eat a good breakfast. You will be working hard.

• Bring your re-usable water bottle.

• We recommend not bringing electronic games, cameras, iPods, or anything you do not want to risk losing.

• Stay aware of the members of your group. You must provide your own safety net out there.

• Do not try to move extremely heavy or hazardous material. Roll tires, appliances, and barrels to remove mud and water before trying to move to the riverbank. Team up on heavy things. Report any hazardous materials to be dealt with by clean-up leaders (barrels or drums with liquids inside them). Car batteries, jugs of oil or pesticides should be disposed of separately.

• DO NOT enter the water to retrieve trash or to cool off, except in an emergency. If it is not readily removable, leave it! The deepest water is often very close to the bank and dirt at the edge can be unstable. 

• Watch for Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettles, and other hurtful plants.

• If someone is injured, follow first aid practices. Keep the injured person calm and have someone call for help. The designated team leader of the group will have cell phone numbers in the event of an emergency.

• The banks can be slick! Watch your footing. The mud can be very deep. Stay with a partner or your group.

• Never walk on a brush pile over the water.

• Regroup periodically and take a head count.

• Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion in yourself and others. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion, put them in the water immediately and DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE. Get help as soon as possible.

• Have fun, be safe, and call us if you need us!