We are aware of these increasingly difficult times which is why we've decided to take a few necessary precautions in coordinating volunteer efforts and cleanups. Below is a list of COVID-safe volunteer activities currently available through Current Problems. We ask that you respect the following guidelines. Thank you!
Masks required when interacting with, or in proximity to others.
Social distance 6 feet while receiving instructions and materials, and during the end weighing stage
All equipment is wiped down and sanitized before events
All gloves are either new (never worn) or washed prior to events.
Hand washing station and hand sanitizer available at all events
CLEAN CREEK FEST 2021
Clean Creek Fest is going to be a little different this year. We're skipping any big-time party and focusing just on cleaning up our creeks, creek health education, and, of course, drinking beer!
Last year we collected 6,590 pounds of trash!
All volunteers are treated to a First Magnitude beer (or N/A drinks if under 21).
Individuals and groups:
Host or participate in a cleanup the week of March 13- 21st.
Bring waste to First Magnitude Brewing to be collected and weighed in the CCF dumpster.
If you can't transport trash, call 352-278-8128 and we will pick it up, weigh it, and drop it off in the CCF dumpster!
SCHEDULED CREEK/RIVER CLEANUPS
Due to limited resources and staffing hours, we're currently only allowing group creek cleanups once- twice/month.
There is a limited group size of 20 people per cleanup, masks are required, group leaders must sanitize equipment before and after use, and provide a touch- free hand washing station for participants.
STORM DRAIN MARKING
Storm drain marking can be done safely in groups of 2-3 people. Weekday & Weekend scheduling is available.
SANTA FE RIVER CLEANUPS (GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL)
We are still offering free kayak rentals out of High Springs, FL, for cleanups on the Santa Fe River (between Highway 27 and State Road 47 bridges). Reservations need to be made at least a week in advance. If you're planning a group cleanup please read our "group" section to the left.
CLEANUP KIT DROP-OFF
For cleanup kit drop-off, volunteers can either pick up their own cleanup kit for a personal cleanup or they can help us deliver cleanup kits to other volunteers!
Cleanup kits include: a bucket, gloves, mesh bag, grabbers (optional), a roll of trashbags, a sticker, and a time/ trash log. Volunteers have the option to dispose of trash on their own or we can pick up, sort, and recycle for you.
Send us updates on trash collected and we will happily sign off on volunteer hours!
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
Current Problems began organizing the Great Suwannee River Cleanup in 2009. Held in the fall, we assign different groups to sections of the basin over a span of three months (September through November). The cleanup encompasses the Suwannee River and its tributaries, including the Withlacoochee River, the Santa Fe River, the Ichetucknee River, and the Alapaha River- all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. To date, we have collected a total of 145,000 pounds of trash during this cleanup! This year, we are eager to pull together and break 200,000 pounds with our COVID- safe volunteer options.
North Florida is an incredibly scenic area with many habitats that support a broad range of flora and fauna. Our area is home to the most prolific aquifer and the highest number of freshwater springs in the world. We want to keep the place we love beautiful and clean, not only for future generations of people, but for the thriving of ecosystems- the health of plants and wildlife as well.
THE GREAT SUWANNEE RIVER BASIN CLEANUP
CLEAN CREEK FEST
This event is held in March of every year and encompasses all of the Gainesville area creeks. First Magnitude Brewing Company helps us to host this event every year by throwing a party after the cleanup. In 2018, we collected 6,590 pounds of trash in just 2.5 hours with over 170 volunteers.
This event is typically scheduled during the last weekend of September and is usually our first major event of the fall. We work along Newnans Lake, its parks, and it's tributaries to pick up trash. We hold this event in partnership with Gainesville Area Rowing.