By AMY WILLIAMS/Putah Creek Council
Putah Creek Cleanup Day is almost here. On Saturday, Sept. 16, community volunteers will come together to clean several areas along the floodplain, channel, and adjacent roadways of Putah Creek.
This is the largest volunteer event organized by Putah Creek Council each year, but is only a small fraction of the volunteerism that takes place each year on the third Saturday in September. We will be joining with thousands of volunteers throughout California and over half a million internationally to remove trash littering our waterways and beaches as part of the annual Coastal Cleanup effort.
In 2016, 168 volunteers came together to clean a total of 4,300 pounds of trash and recyclables from Putah Creek alone. This year, Putah Creek Council will coordinate volunteer cleanup groups at several sites along Putah Creek, including Winters Putah Creek Nature Park, Dry Creek tributary, Putah Creek Road, and Stevenson Bridge. In addition to collecting and properly disposing of trash, volunteers will record trash collected on datasheets provided by the California Coastal Commission, which will help guide policymaking decisions and create a lasting impact on the problem of litter in our waterways.
“Cleanup Day is equal parts rewarding, significant and essential,” said Kent Anderson, Putah Creek Council’s executive director. “Along with the obvious and immediate benefits to the creek and watershed, Cleanup Day is a manifestation of community-driven stewardship and restoration, ideals that make up the heart of Putah Creek Council. What better way to renew the creek and reinvigorate the spirit than to take part in direct action with fellow community members?”
Cleanup volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. at Rotary Park and spread out to cleanup sites from there. At noon, after the cleanup, volunteers will regroup at Rotary Park to turn in datasheets and eat a lunch provided by Putah Creek Council.
Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of lightweight gloves, a water bottle and a bucket or other reusable container to reduce the environmental impact of the cleanup event. If you are unable to provide those items, bags, gloves and water will be available at the cleanup sites.
Putah Creek Council asks that all volunteers register in advance so it can provide the correct amount of food and supplies.
To register for this event and find out about other Yolo County cleanup sites, go to www.putahcreekcouncil.org.
For more information, contact Amy, email@example.com or 795-3006.