For the fourth year, cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA), located in Pierce, participated in the annual Clearwater River Cleanup Day on September 17th. According to a statement from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), cadets cleared hundreds of pounds of debris and garbage from the river and shore along a 5 mile stretch from Cherry Lane to Gibbs Eddy.
“While we host this event every year to help clean up the river, our goal is to find less and less trash each time,” said Richard White, BLM Cottonwood Field Manager. “Together with the Clearwater Management Council, we really try to encourage everyone who recreates themselves on the river to leave no trace.”
The annual Cleanup Day event is supported by the local Cottonwood office of the BLM and the Clearwater Management Council (CMC), a multi-agency, multi-county group that collaboratively monitors and manages environmental, social and recreational aspects. from the river. It was also one of thousands of volunteer events held as part of National Public Lands Day across the country this month.
In total, the volunteers who participated in the cleanup event contributed over 200 hours of work.
In appreciation of the efforts and participation of the ChalleNGe Academy, the CMC donated $ 400 to the IDYCA Foundation.