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May 25, 2024

Graniterock, Gavilan, CHEER partner for San Benito River cleanup

Courtesy of Graniterock:

The fish will thank us!

Volunteers from Graniterock, Coastal Habitat Education and Environmental Restoration (CHEER) and Gavilan Community College will team up to remove trash from the San Benito River.

The cleanup takes place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2151 Buena Vista Rd., Hollister.

Removing garbage and debris from the river is vital to maintaining the health of the riparian habitat, particularly the steelhead trout population.

In addition, the community cleanup will help prevent trash from entering the watershed and eventually the ocean.

This spot along the San Benito River, owned by Graniterock, has been a dumping ground for items such as tires, plastic, glass and personal belongings.

(CHEER) is an environmental nonprofit that works year-round to restore and preserve riparian habitat, and operate by the motto “No fish left behind.” The nonprofit has a proven track record of maintaining reclamation with a goal of sustainability through a model they developed called the “seamless system of watershed care.”
CHEER will help sustain the cleanup effort with monitoring and maintenance of the riparian corridor.

Saturday’s event will also highlight a new CHEER record for the number of tires removed from local watersheds in a year. Their previous record was 1,030 tires in 2015.

Meeting location: 2151 Buena Vista Road, Hollister

Recommended clothing: If actively participating in the cleanup activities, please wear jeans, long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt and boots. A hat is also recommended. No shorts or short-sleeve shirts.

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