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Laurie Ender: September is River Rally time in Santa Clarita

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Posted: September 3, 2010 7:46 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2010 5:30 a.m.

The Santa Clara River is a part of the city of Santa Clarita in more ways than one. While providing a home to many species of plants and animals, the river also annually brings together thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to ridding it of trash and debris.

This year marks the 16th River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo.

This year’s River Rally will be held on next Saturday from 8-11 a.m.   It will take place in Canyon Country, behind the Soledad Shopping Center at 18386 Soledad Canyon Road.

The annual river cleanup event will involve removing trash from the Santa Clara River, one of the last natural, wild rivers in Southern California.

Since 1994, the city of Santa Clarita has hosted the annual River Rally Cleanup, which attracts thousands of Santa Clarita residents who volunteer and participate.

To date, more than 294,000 pounds of trash and debris from the Santa Clarita River and its tributaries have been removed.

The city of Santa Clarita’s River Rally Cleanup is an excellent volunteer experience for clubs, organizations, students, scout troops, and entire families to help preserve our local Santa Clara River’s natural beauty and variety of wildlife.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

Participants will be provided gloves, collection bags, and refreshments.  The first 1,200 volunteers will receive a commemorative giveaway.  In addition to the river cleanup, the Environmental Expo will be held where visitors can learn about recycling, air quality, pollution prevention, water quality, open space preservation, and wildlife conservation. The expo will feature more than twenty exhibitors and sponsors.

Don’t forget to ride your bike to River Rally. The Santa Clara River Trail runs right by the cleanup location.  Let us watch your bike while you participate. This free bike valet service will be provided courtesy of the city of Santa Clarita.

The Santa Clara river runs straight through the heart of Santa Clarita, from Acton to the Pacific Ocean.  According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Santa Clara River is the largest river system in Southern California that remains in a relatively natural state. 

The river is home to several rare species, including the unarmored three-spine stickleback and tidewater goby, both small fish.  The estuary is also home to the western snowy plover and the least tern, both small birds, all federally listed as endangered species. 

In total, 14 bird species and six plant species residing in or near the river are listed as endangered or of special concern.  It is important for us, as residents of Santa Clarita, to preserve the quality and well-being of the Santa Clara River to ensure a long and continued life for these endangered animals.  In addition, the river contains 57 archeological sites and 12 historical landmarks that are additionally precious. 

Pets are not permitted on site during the River Rally Cleanup event.  For more information on River Rally, go to contact the city’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098, or send an e-mail to

Laurie Ender is a councilmember for the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at: Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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