Solano Resource Conservation District
Special to the Express
The 13th annual Solano County World Environment Day cleanup is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Lake Solano County Park. Participants will remove trash from Lake Berryessa, plant native vegetation, create take-home seed packets, and enjoy a free picnic lunch.
Registration is required and can be completed through June 1 at cleanupsolano.org. Those who register by May 30 will also receive a free World Environment Day event t-shirt.
“Lake Berryessa, Lake Solano, and the Putah Creek watersheds are lifelines for Solano County,” shared Narcisa Untal, Senior Planner with the Solano County Department of Resource Management. “They provide us with high-quality drinking and irrigation water as well as recreational opportunities, but they are also impacted by the activities that occur within them. Trash degrades water quality, impacts the functionality of the water system, and poses a hazard to boaters and recreators.”
World Environment Day builds global awareness of the environment, draws political attention to environmental issues, and supports individual and community projects. Lake Solano is part of a constructed watershed delivering high-quality drinking water from Lake Berryessa, the seventh largest reservoir in California, to around 500,000 Solano County residents. This water is also the primary source of irrigation water for growers in the region and companies like Anheuser-Busch and the Jelly Belly Factory selected to operate in Solano County to use Lake Berryessa water. Also filling and leaving Lake Solano is Putah Creek, a vital ecological link between the neighboring mountain range and the Yolo Bypass.
The Solano Resource Conservation District coordinates the annual World Environment Day event in partnership with the Solano County Water Agency, Anheuser-Busch in Fairfield, Solano County, Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership, and Volunteer Solano/CVNL. Additional support for this year’s event is being provided by Solano County Parks, Putah Creek Council, MCE, and the US Bureau of Reclamation. To learn more about these and other Solano County cleanup activities, including Solano County Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 23, please visit cleanupsolano.org.