Going Green Blog: Episode 1 “SYRCL”

Recycling for SYRCL

What is SYRCL?

SYRCL stands for South Yuba River Citizens League. They are a non-profit founded in 1983 by grassroots activists near the South Yuba (Nevada City, CA area) determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With over 36 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,300 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed & also hosts the annual Wild N Scenic Film Festival every year. 

Spring Wildflowers on the Buttermilk Trail, Bridgeport Crossing, South Yuba River State Park (photo: Abigail Limov / Curtesy of the SYRCL website)

Each year the Raft California (Tributary) staff celebrates the end of the rafting season with a final extravaganza with food, drinks, music as well as election results, games & prizes. One of the most coveted claim to fame is being voted the “Employee of the Year”. This individual is voted on by their peers, co-workers, and management staff.

The 2020 Employee of the Year winner was Teagan Santin. Teagan grew up on our local rivers and not only has a passion for rafting on them, but also a sincere desire to share that with others while not impeding on nature. She also spearheads our training program, leading season Guide Schools and helping new guides and experienced guides enhance their skills. Teagan encourages others to push themselves, find comfort in reading and guiding rivers as well as being a steward of the river.  

 

 

So what does the Employee of the Year have to do with SYRCL? This year in an effort to encourage our guests and employees to crush & recycle aluminum cans, an incentive has been added to the Employee of the Year prize package. Now, by winning this title, the Raft California employee gets to select a non-profit of their choice to donate ALL THE CAN RECYCLING PROFITS TO! Not only that, but Tributary will MATCH THE DONATION, doubling the total of the recycling. 

We all recycle our cans right? So when you are at our camp in Lotus, California on a wilderness trip, or up at our outpost in Maupin, Oregon, be sure to recycle your can accordingly.  The Green Bins are labeled “Cans Only” so that we can easily add them to the donation pile. If you crush your cans first, that really helps! Who doesn’t love a good can smashing?

We hope that this encourages you to continue to find new ways to go green and give back as well. 

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