The Clark Fork Coalition is rolling out a new program aimed at keeping the Clark Fork trash free – and we need you!
Join the TrashLine Alert system to receive updates about river cleanup needs on your mobile phone. Gather your posse and tackle tough cleanup needs on your own time. Report trashy hotspots to the Clark Fork Coalition with a quick phone call or via our website and mobilize TrashLine teams for rapid response!
Together we can ensure that the Clark Fork River stays clean and trash free. Follow these simple steps to join the effort today:
Clean Up Trash
Step 1: Join the TrashLine Team! Text TRASHY to 33222 to start receiving TrashLine alerts.
Step 2: Watch out for TrashLine Alerts via text.
Step 3: Respond to TrashLine Alerts. When you get an alert that you can help with, head to the site to clean up the trash. You might see other TrashLine Team members there, or you might be there on your own. Feel free to bring friends!
Step 4: Reply to the TrashLine Alert text when the trash is removed, or if you have questions.
Put the TrashLine Team to work! Anyone can report trash. If you spot a stream bank or river access area that is in need of a cleanup, report it via phone or our website:
- Call the Clark Fork Coalition (406) 542-0539 and dial 212 for the TrashLine inbox. Leave us a message with detailed location of the trash, along with your name and number so we can reach you if we have questions. Or,
- Text TRASHY to 33222 and reply to the automated message with the location and details of the trash. Or,
- Fill out this form:
That’s it! After you submit your river trash report, we will send a text alert to our TrashLine Team, and they will handle the rest.
Important! Picking up trash along rivers and streams can be dangerous. Powerful currents, steep banks, and uneven footing can make trash cleanup very risky. Please be cautious while on site and DON’T risk it for hard-to-reach trash. The Trashline Team should also be aware of homeless encampments along the river. Please do not remove any items that look like they might belong to someone. And if you ever feel unsafe, leave the area immediately and call 911 if the need is warranted. Please alert the Clark Fork Coalition to any dangerous cleanup sites that you encounter. Thank you!
Do you provide cleanup supplies?
Yes! If you are responding to trash alerts, we will provide you with latex gloves and trash bags. Stop by the Clark Fork Coalition office at 140 S. 4th St. W. to pick up supplies. You are also welcome to use your own supplies.
What do I do with the trash bags after I have picked up the trash?
First, thanks for responding to the trash alert! If you are unable to haul the garbage away from the site, CFC staff will happily haul it for you. Just leave the trash bags in an easily accessible location (i.e. along the roadside or edge of parking lot), and respond to the trash alert text that the area has been cleaned and the garbage should be picked up. You can also call (406) 542-0539 ext. 212. Please include a detailed description of the location and amount of trash bags to be picked up. CFC staff or volunteers will take care of the rest!
How do I let the group know that the trash has been picked up?
After picking up the trash, please respond to the text alert to let CFC staff know that the mission is complete. We’ll alert the group so other TrashLine team members don’t waste their time by going to clean up a site that is already trash free!
When I respond to a trash alert, will I be the only one cleaning up the trash?
Maybe. There is a chance that other TrashLine Team members will be there picking up trash too, or you might be the only one.
What happens when I reply to a text?
Replying to a text will connect you directly to a Clark Fork Coalition staff member. The text will NOT go to the entire list, so you can have a one-on-one conversation with staff. Replying to texts is a great way to ask questions and to report trash!
I don’t want to receive TrashLine Alerts anymore. How do I unsubscribe from the text list?
It’s easy! Just text the word STOP to the TrashLine Alerts number (33222). You can simply reply to the last text message that you have received.