Cedar River Clean-Up returns to Renton

This year’s Clean-Up included a vendor market open to all.

Organized by the Three Rivers Chapter of Unlimited Trout, the Cedar River Clean-Up returns to Renton.

The Cedar River Clean-up took place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m on Saturday, Aug. 6, and was followed by a market filled with environmental vendors, giveaways and food trucks, which is a first for the Cedar River Clean-Up.

The market will take be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include vendors like Snoqualmie Rod Co., Emerald City Anglers, Maxxon Outfitters and more.

“I started this clean-up because I like fishing and I like the outdoors and I saw how dirty the river was,” said Keaton Zyskowski, a local angler and member of the Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Zyskowski started the Cedar River Clean-Up in 2019.

The Three Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited is an organization that focuses on conservation, protection, and restoration of coldwater fisheries and watersheds in North America. “We go around and we preserve cold water fisheries like the kokanee in Lake Samammish,” Zyskowski said, adding that the group works with the Snoqualmie tribe to bring back the kokanee salmon.

Zyskowski hopes that people will come to the market to support small businesses and that the event will inspire everyone to clean up their trash. “I hope we can bring anglers and everyday people together to help these places stay beautiful,” he said. “I started it because I’m a young person in our society and I see things fall apart around me and I want to do my part to help.”

Registration is required for those who wish to help with the river clean-up but the post-clean-up market is free for all to attend. Liberty Park is located at 1101 Bronson Way North in Renton.