“Let’s Make Trash Extinct’ is the theme for this year’s annual Coast and Creek Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21. For the 11th year, projects are planned at various sites in Yolo County; they’ll run from 9 a.m. to noon.
In 2012, almost 400 volunteers participated in the cleanup.
The local events are part of the California Coastal Commission’s 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer trash cleanup in the world. Volunteers pick up trash and debris that has accumulated on California’s beaches, creeks and inland shorelines, thus providing a cleaner and healthier environment.
Cleanup sites in Yolo County include the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, the city of Davis ponds and Covell Channel, Putah Creek sites near Winters, the Willow Slough Bypass, West Sacramento at the Barge Canal and Lake Washington, and the Clarksburg Boat Ramp.
The cleanup day is being organized and supported by the Cache Creek Conservancy, city of Davis, Putah Creek Council, Putah Creek Trout, River City Rowing Club, Lake Washington Sailing Club, Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, Yolo County Public Works Department and the Delta Protection Commission.
Project planners utilize a “bring your own” philosophy to reduce the environmental impact of the cleanup operation. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash, a lightweight pair of gardening gloves and a filled, reusable water bottle. Those who cannot bring the items will find supplies available at the cleanup sites.
Volunteers are urged to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and hats, and bring sunscreen.
Pre-registration is under way for the following projects:
* Cache Creek; email email@example.com or call 530-661-1070;
* City of Davis; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-757-5686;
* Putah Creek sites; email www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-400-8431;
* West Sacramento Barge Canal; email Jeanine.email@example.com or call 916-869-4510;
* West Sacramento Lake Washington; email firstname.lastname@example.org;
* Clarksburg; visit www.delta.ca.gov or call 916-375-4237; and
* Willow Slough Bypass, email Pamela.Hedrick@yolocounty.org.
At Lake Berryessa, volunteers have the opportunity to work at two different sites — one near Markley Cove Resort and the second under Pope Creek Bridge. The Lake Berryessa Cleanup Day activities help clean up the lake, a major source of drinking water for Solano County, after the busy summer season.
Both sites are looking to add volunteers to their crews. Divers bring up trash and recyclables. Boaters and paddle boarders use their equipment to haul things to the shore, where the ground crew sorts recyclables from trash and prepares the cleanup haul for appropriate disposal.
Both sites end their efforts for the day with a barbecue or picnic.
To volunteer, call Marianne Butler at 707-301-5778.