"I try to fish every stream in Oregon every year", a fly fisher told me last spring as I was picking up trash along Ochoco Creek. "I'm sad to say this creek is the trashiest waterway in Oregon."
That statement just broke my heart.
Since that time, a few Prineville residents and I do regular cleanups of the banks, ‘fishing’ what trash we can out of the Creek. However, we are not capable of doing the entire job, and the annual Earth Day Cleanup occurs too late in the year to catch the trash during low water. This means there still lots of trash flushing downstream to the Crooked River or catching up in bushes along the streamside into extremely difficult to remove, unsightly bundles.
The Rotary Club of Crook County is teaming up with Crook County Parks and Recreation, SOLVE, Crook County, Prineville Disposal, and Ochoco Brewing Company to do an in stream cleanup of Ochoco Creek before high water hits.
We need your help! Volunteers are needed to do a thorough instream and bankside cleanup on March 24th. Our reach of Ochoco Creek to cleanup is the 3rd Street Bridge to Gardner Street, within the city of Prineville. More volunteers means we may expand our reach outside of the City. Due to the complexities of working in the creek, no one under 18 will be allowed to be in the Creek itself.
Here are a few things to know:
Registration will begin at noon at Pioneer Park (next to the Court House on 3rd Street and Elm street), and cleanup work will start at 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will work in teams of four, with two people staged on the bank in support and safety of those working in stream. Form your team now!
Each team will be assigned a section to focus on. We anticipate it will take about 2 hours to thoroughly clean a section.
Trash bags, pickers and latex gloves will be provided.
Bring rubber or other boots with traction for muddy and wet bank conditions, waders and neoprene gloves for those doing instream work, warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, eye protection/sunglasses, walking or wading stick for support.
Be prepared for changing conditions, including winter weather and varying water levels.
The reach of Ochoco Creek we plan to clean up is from the 3rd Street Bridge to Gardner Street Bridge. If we get enough volunteers, we will expand east to Combs Creek Road and the Ochoco Lumber Company property, and northwest to the confluence with the Crooked River.
After the cleanup, we'll meet at Ochoco Brewing Company to celebrate our success. There will be complimentary finger foods and happy hour pricing on the brews.
Phone: (503) 844-9571
Event url: www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000005PtRhUAK
450 NE 3rd St
Prineville, OR 97754