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River Assessment Field Team

Week Day River Survey Team

Guided by a staff person, volunteers help scout for trash and other issues by hiking into the riverbed Tuesdays, Fridays and other days. They collect data using our own smartphone app, which informs future clean-up by the River Rescue Team and our efforts to support programs working to reduce the number of people living in the riverbed.

COVID 19 and Flu Update:

All RAFT volunteers and staff are required to have a face covering with them. If for some reason they need to enter an encampment, RAFT members are required to put on their face covering.

If you have a couple hours each week and are interested in joining this team, please click here for more information.


In addition to our week day teams, we are now organizing quarterly comprehensive surveys of a 20+ miles section of the river. Our next one will be in January 2023. More than 100 people are engaged in this activity! If you are interested, please let us know.


River Assessment Field Team Data: click here.


Our Strategy to Reduce the Number of People living in the Riverbed:

1. Collect data. Share this data to increase awareness of the population of people that live in the riverbed and to support multiple agencies addressing these issues.


2. Treat people as people. The people living in the riverbed are members of our community. We start from a value that all people should be respected. We seek to help people by connecting them with services that can help them start on a road to getting away from living in floodprone areas.


3. Collaborate. We actively seek partnerships to be part of the solution. The people living in the riverbed are often called "those that are hardest to reach." That has been our experience. It requires constant effort, innovative strategies and data to make a difference.


If you are interested in learning more, please let us know. Our dream is that one day no one will find themselves living in areas that flood, without potable water and restrooms, and in terrible living conditions.



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