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On August 28th, over 80 volunteers joined together to clean up nearly 4 miles of Johnson Creek and the Springwater Corridor Trail.  We also cleaned Mill Park and Tideman Johnson Park.

Team #1 just before getting into the creek near at the 92nd Ave. bridge.

There is plenty of debris to come out.

Here is the first pile.

A couple of volunteers cleaning the Springwater Corridor Trail.

Quite a collection at Tideman Johnson Park.

Cleaning the creek around the exposed sewer pipe.

One of the many pick-up loads this box got, just over 2 tons of debris.

The mattress found near Mill Park was so heavy it had to be towed to the drop box.

The happy chef cooked a hundred hamburgers and dogs to the hungry volunteers.

Volunteers enjoying the BBQ after cleaning the creek.

One of the more unusual items found in the creek.

The winner of the highly coveted "Golden Garbage Can" award went to the person who found the animal skull.

The winners of the "Dirty Olympics".  The Gold medal (soap on a rope) went to the person on the left.  That is his second shirt.

By the end of the event we had removed about 4 tons of debris, 500 lbs of metal, 24 tires, one car battery, miscellaneous hazardous material, and returned 12 shopping carts to their stores.

This was the third year the Coalition organized the Johnson Creek Clean up event.  We couldn't have done it with out the help from many agencies and organizations.

bulletSOLV - This was an official SOLV event and was listed on their website.  The were a great help to us in planning and running an event like this.  SOLV also supplied a team captain.
bulletJohnson Creek Watershed Council - As stewards of the creek, we followed their direction on the work to be done in the creek. They helped in the planning from the start.  A big thanks to Amy for getting 6 team captains for the event. 
bulletNorth Clackamas County Parks and Recreation District - We used Mill Park as the event site.  They also supplied the all important port-o-potty.
bulletPortland Parks and Recreation - They helped out with a team captain and drivers who patrolled the Spring Water Trail for trash bags.
bulletFriends of Tideman Johnson - A big thanks to the Friends who helped plan and clean up the park.
bulletGreen Lents - A new partner who helped coordinate the efforts in the Lents neighborhood.
bulletClackamas County Sheriff's Office - They swept the creek to inform the homeless that we were coming through.
bulletBeautiful Savior Lutheran Church - This church and others supplied more than 30 volunteers.

Events like this need sponsors to be really successful.  We had some really great sponsors.

bulletFred Meyer - They were our primary sponsor.  They gave us a $500 gift card to buy all the food and drinks for the event.  When the volunteers finished their cleaning they enjoyed a hamburger/hot dog BBQ.  It was a pleasure again working with the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer.
bulletREI - We were very pleased to have REI as a sponsor.  They gave each volunteer a T-shirt and water bottle.  The shirts were great for identifying our volunteers.  
bulletMorgan Distributing - They supplied the ice to keep everything cool.  Iced bottles of water were very welcome when the volunteers came out of the creek.
bulletOak Grove Garbage - They donated the use a 30 yard drop box at Mill Park.
bulletSunset Garbage - They donated the use of a 30 yard drop box near the creek at 92nd Ave.
bulletClackamas County Sustainability - They picked up the disposal fee for the drop box at Mill Park.
bulletLes Schwab - They took all our tires for recycling.