Along the banks of the Tuolumne River in Modesto, between the 9th Street bridge and Highway 99, there is an ongoing clean-up effort called the Tuolumne River Clean-up Project, or Operation 9-2-99.
Spearheaded by Davis High School teacher Chris Guptill and coordinated with the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department and several organizations and companies, the army of volunteers meets at a specific location one Saturday morning per month for the three-hour clean-up. Armed with gloves, shovels and garbage bags, these volunteers tramp through the brush and collect and remove trash, abandoned shopping carts, old bedding, tires, junk and debris from blighted areas. Among the volunteers are city council members, teachers, students and citizens who simply want to make a difference and improve the community.
Operation 9-2-99 is supported by – and partners with – the Tuolumne River Trust, Dry Creek Trails Coalition and Love Modesto. You can learn more by visiting the website at http://tinyurl.com/operation9-2-99. Next work date is Feb. 21. Contact Guptill to learn how you can volunteer!
Terri Shaver, Turlock