San Benito Lifestyle

Friends of San Benito River Group Plans Second Work Day

An all volunteer group has been putting time into cleaning up trash along San Benito River in the Hollister area. They plan to meet again on Saturday, March 31

Friends of San Benito River, is gathering up volunteers for its second clean up day. It is set for Saturday, March 31 on Union Road in the pull out area just north of the Union Road- San Benito Street intersection. The group will be working on the north side of the river. 

Volunteers are invited to join in and can get more information on the activity by going to the Friends of San Benito River Facebook page. For more background on the recently organized clean-up team, read about their efforts on BenitoLink. Please check the Facebook page for any updates or changes.

The project is being organized by the Friends of San Benito River, a family friendly all volunteer group. On this second day of work, the group will focus on cleaning up the West side around the Union street bridge where there was an encampment.  

According to the Friends of San Benito River Facebook page, the group has been given permission to go on the property from the owner, however, they do ask that participants sign a waiver, which will be posted later (in advance).

Rain may cause us to re-schedule.


Saturday, March 31 
08:30: Setup on Union Road near end of San Benito St. 
09:00: Meet time
09:15: Begin Cleanup
12:00: End Cleanup

The Friends of San Benito River effort was started by Hollister resident Mark Hirsch. Hirsch said he was involved in previous efforts with Friends of Guadalupe River in Santa Clara County and that it had been successful with similar clean-up projects along that river area.

With the help of friend Noreen Fortune and daughter Jennifer, they created a Facebook page with the goal of pulling other willing volunteers together and cleaning up the San Benito River. On their first outing, they had about a dozen helpers, including Supervisor Mark Medina, City Councilman Jim Gillio and his family. They managed to pack a dumpster donated by RJR Recycling about three-quarters full of trash and abandoned items.

Those interested in getting involved, can join the Friends of San Benito River Facebook group for more info.


For other related stories, see: San Benito River Gets Big Help From Its Friends 

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Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.