World Environment Day at Lake Berryessa boasts the second largest volunteer turnout in 8 years

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This year on World Environment Day 96 volunteers came out to help clean along the shores of Lake Berryessa. Courtesy Photo

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The 8th annual World Environment Day at Lake Berryessa Cleanup welcomed 96 volunteers at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Markley Cove Resort along the shores of Lake Berryessa. After two hours of cleaning up along the shoreline and the reservoir itself, 200 pounds of trash and recyclables have been removed with another haul still to be counted. Just three shy of the 99 participation record, volunteers were rewarded with a picnic lunch and the opportunity to participate in a raffle sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Markley Cove Resort and Volunteer Solano.

The Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership sponsors the World Environment Day Lake Berryessa Cleanup, with funding from Anheuser Busch/The River Network, Solano County Water Agency, Volunteer Solano and Solano County and its city jurisdictions. The Bureau of Reclamation, Anheuser Busch Brewery in Fairfield and Solano Resource Conservation District organize the cleanup, and Markley Cove Resort hosts the event location and hauls the collected debris for proper disposal.

“Anheuser-Busch is proud to be a part of World Environment Day at Lake Berryessa, helping to keep this precious water source clear of debris and encouraging its users to take good care of something so important to so many people,” said Ayrton Bryan, Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Anheuser-Busch in Fairfield. “It is awe inspiring and makes me proud to be a part of a community where so many people will take part in keeping our environment safe. We had a record number of attendants this year.”

Lake Berryessa is a recreational hot spot, attracting boaters, anglers, hikers, campers and picnickers from throughout California and beyond. Significantly for a half-million Solano County residents, the water stored at Lake Berryessa is their drinking water and is considered one of the top drinking water sources in the state. The Jelly Belly Factory and Anheuser-Busch both chose to locate production plants within Solano County to have access to Lake Berryessa’s water, and the same water source is also used for irrigating Solano County crops and maintaining livestock – all of which are major economic contributors to the region.

World Environment Day started in 1972 to build global awareness of the environment, encourage attention of the need to protect our planet, and support individual and community projects. This year, World Environment Day aims to inspire people to reduce the amount of single use plastics utilized in every day life, improve waste management, reduce micro-plastics, and promote research into plastic alternatives.

Residents, service groups, youth groups, clubs, employers and others are encouraged to keep this event in mind for next year. We hope that volunteers will continue joining us in making Solano County “clean and green,” whether it is by participating in cleanup events, reducing the amount of trash they create, and reusing or recycling whenever possible.

More ways about living clean and green in Solano County can be found at recycle.solanocounty.com. For future event, you can register with Volunteer Solano at solanovolunteers.org or contact Marianne Butler at 707-678-1655 x 116.

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