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City Green Partner: Portland Surfrider Foundation


Portland’s chapter of the national Surfrider Foundation focuses on awareness and education around litter and its effect on our rivers, streams and the ocean.

For the past two years, Surfrider Foundation has partnered with Portland’s Green Street Steward Program. Volunteers for two groups (one in SE Portland the other in the NE Portland) get together once a month and pick up litter from our streets and green street facilities. On average between 50-80 gallons of trash are removed in just a couple of hours.

Check out this video, as well as pictures from their recent event cleaning up North Portland after the 4th of July holiday.

A big thanks to Portland Surfriders for their awesome volunteer spirit. Picking up litter may seem like an unglamorous task, but this group keeps it fun!  Their work helps locally – keeping trash out of our rivers, streams, sewer system, and green streets.  It makes our neighborhoods cleaner, and trickles down to a cleaner ocean, too.

Find out more about Surfrider Foundation, including upcoming events and ways to get involved at

Learn more about the Green Street Steward Program at


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