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CHP helicopters to lift 4 cargo nets of garbage from the Yuba

It was not a rescue operation–A CHP helicopter was removing over two thousand pounds of trash along the Yuba River. The event was coordinated with the Highway Patrol, the State Parks Department, and the South Yuba River Citizens League. SYRCL On-Tour Associate Director Amelia Workman says the trash was piled up in the Jones Bar area after their annual cleanup day in September…

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Workman says the garbage was collected around an abandoned encampment there, and because of the steep and uneven terrain, and the willingness of the Highway Patrol to help, arrangements were made to airlift it out. It took three trips, and Workman says it quite the sight and experience…

Listen to Amelia Workman 2

Some of the items collected included rusted dredges, mining tools, gas and oil containers, discarded sleeping bags, damaged vinyl rafts, and plenty of “gross household waste”. It’s the first time they used the helicopter to remove garbage as part of the Yuba River cleanup effort.

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