2022, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, USA
George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences students Will Sakurai and Edgar Paniagua live close to the American River and enjoy spending time there to relax and swim, especially during the hot summers. They have noticed an increasing amount of litter along the riverbanks, some left from recreational visitors and some from the increasing amount of homeless encampments along the river. They decided to do a straightforward riverbank clean-up along a stretch of the American river that gets high use and is heavily impacted. In this way, they could not only help to clean the area and prevent the trash from entering the water and being washed downstream, but also demonstrate to others that we can all be better stewards of this beloved resource.