Help cleanup Putah Creek on California Coastal Cleanup Day

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By Alli Permann
Special to the Express

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the state and is a chance for volunteers to give back to beaches and waterways by cleaning up. Putah Creek Council is hosting cleanups at three different sites along Lower Putah Creek on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Trash along our waterways isn’t only unsightly, it’s dangerous for humans and wildlife. After more than 30 years of hosting cleanups, Putah Creek Council knows the importance of keeping the creek clean. On Sept. 18, volunteers can come out to join the cleanup effort at three different locations along lower Putah Creek.

Two sites will be in Winters at the Winters Nature Park and along the stretch of Putah Creek Road that borders the park. Not only is the cleanup about picking up trash in the creek, but it’s also focused on keeping trash from entering the creek.

That’s why a crew of volunteers will be deployed to the section of Putah Creek Road that winds just above the nature park. This cleanup site is restricted to adults only. Within Winters Nature Park, volunteers of all ages can enjoy the wonderful views of the creek while picking up plastic bottles, cans, or other pieces of trash.

City of Davis South Fork Preserve will be another Putah Creek Council cleanup site. Volunteers can expect to focus their efforts on the surrounding levees and park entrance to keep trash from entering the preserve.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is more than just a single day event. It continues all month long! Join the cleanup effort in your neighborhoods and community spaces, too. Picking up trash from sidewalks and parks in our neighborhoods keeps it from entering stormwater drains and local waterways.

Putah Creek Council’s Coastal Cleanup Day begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 18. In order to attend, volunteers must register through the Council’s website events calendar at or by Putah Creek Council’s office at 530-795-9000.

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