San Francisco River cleanup Saturday, March 7

Contributed Photo: A cleanup of the San Francisco River is scheduled for Saturday, March 7.

Come help clean our waterways

Contributed Article/Courtesy Gila Watershed Partnership

CLIFTON – The beautiful San Francisco River is designated an important bird habitat and is a hot spot for the local community to recreate. Unfortunately, it is also designated an impaired waterway because of high levels of E. coli, a bacteria that can be harmful to humans. River cleanups are one of the ways we work together to improve water quality.

Individuals, groups, and families are welcome to join us for our next clean up event on Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will meet at the Riverside Park in Clifton, under the Ramada at 8 a.m. for check-in and a safety briefing.

Bring your own reusable water bottle and we will provide the water. Hats, sunglasses, and closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. Gloves, safety vests, and garbage bags will be provided. All volunteers will receive a free lunch. RSVP is required for lunch.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Kara Barron, Science & Outreach Manager, Gila Watershed Partnership at (928) 424-3886 or by email at

The event is in partnership with SEACAB, ADEQ, the town of Clifton, Freeport-McMoRan, and Friends of the Frisco.

Gila Watershed Partnership was founded in 1992 by community members who were concerned about having a say in our watershed issues. Their mission is to engage the community in improving the water quality and ecosystem condition of the Upper Gila Watershed through education and economic opportunity. GWP is shaping a new vision for the watershed – one that includes improvements to the environment, economy, and quality of life for all members of the community.

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