2022 River Clean Up: Stories from the Field

This year roughly 100 volunteers joined forces to pull nearly 2,000 pounds of litter from the Bitterroot River, leaving it in a better state for both people and wildlife. You're used to hearing from us, so we thought we would share some stories from the field... Ahoy! More Trash Ahead!

By Becky L.

Shelby (our dog), Doug (my husband), and myself set out along the river, partially in the thickets and partially on narrow trails. Our biggest find was a fish trap -- which is illegal for native fish. We saw a curious circle of stones in the river -- a druid sacrificial site? A Native American sundial for native peoples to tell time when they went rowing by? A watery grave for an unknown boater? It's a mystery.