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Eel River Cleanup Project's Ginormous Benefit At Mateel 3/28

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 1:24 p.m. / Environment


Amy Machado is one of the organizers of the Eel River Cleanup Project. She was holding a sleeping child when she saw the video (volume was muted, because, you know, sleeping children should be left that way) and something just clicked. 

Two months and dozens of cleanups later, The ERCP's Facebook group now has almost a thousand like-minded individuals who want a cleaner watershed. Enthusiasm is infectious among the "badasses" (how ECRP refers to its volunteers) and they've been filling truck beds with trash pretty consistently for two months.

Alongside a handful individuals who've been doing solo cleanups for years, Machado and the ECRP say that they've cleaned up almost ten tons of garbage from Humboldt's creeks, hills, and rivers. She's also on the board of PacOut Green Team, who is the umbrella group for ERCP.

Via ERCP Facebook Group:

One more announcement: The ERCP was founded 2 months ago, over 16,000 pounds of trash has been cleared from the land, and no longer threatening our water shed...no new dumping has occured at any of the sights that have been cleared, and the extended community has been paying attention, offers of help, donations, and support are coming in on individual, County and State levels, we are excited to see what that level of support looks like. I am so proud to be a part of this movement, and honored to have my children and the youth in the community see what the definition of "community" means in action, with care, and conscious support. Thank you all for everything you do and have done for the ERCP movement..HUMLOVE. 

Dump fees cost money, and it's at the point where fundraising is required to keep moving forward. So they're throwing a massive event at the Mateel at the end of the month and it looks to be a community-wide party. 

Listen/download Machado's KHUM interview below. 

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[Photo: Ross Huber]

Previously:

Anthropogenic Filth Along The Eel

One Canister At a Time, One Car At A Time

The Humboldt Pride Runs Deep in These People: Video Sparks Trash Cleanup Revolution

$1,000 and Thousands Of Pounds Of Trash