Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Clackamas High School student volunteer Amber Harvey stands with reusable litter bags from the Clackamas River Basin Council's Stash the Trash Program, which encourages river-goers to remove trash they bring in.The Clackamas River Basin Council is encouraging everyone to “Stash the Trash” along the river.

Since 2006, the nonprofit council has provided approximately 6,000 reusable litter bags to the Carver Boat Ramp, Barton Country Store, Barton Park, Riverside Park and Milo McIver State Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The bright red-orange bags hang near boat launches for people to pack out trash taken to the river.

The bags may be rinsed and reused.

This year, Pacific Jet Boat Association and Clackamas High School volunteers have joined the partnership for the “Stash the Trash” program, which includes Clackamas County parks and We Love Clean Rivers.

“About two years ago, when I floated the Clackamas, the amount of trash astounded me! Every bank in sight was covered with beer cans, beer bottles, chip bags, cigarettes and other litter,” Clackamas High School student Amber Harvey was quoted in a Clackamas River Basin Council press release. “Considering that I, as well as all the salmon depending on the river, drink the water, I couldn’t believe it was so dirty. I knew I had to do something.”

Harvey coordinated the construction of Stash the Trash stands made by shop students at Sabin-Schellenberg Center.

Student and National Charity League volunteers led by Harvey and Emily Holland, replenish and distribute bags and pick up trash along river banks and around trees.

For more information on the “Stash the Trash” program contact Morgan Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-303-4372 ext. 101.

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