Event: 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 46 sites throughout Santa Clara County. See all site locations
Who: Approximately 1,700 volunteers of all ages have registered to clean up a local creek site. Site sponsors include local government agencies, non-profit organizations, companies, and various community leaders.
Background: Each year, volunteers fan out to creek sites throughout Santa Clara County to clean up trash along the waterways during Coastal Cleanup Day. Trash in creeks can ultimately wind up in our bays and the ocean, landing on California’s coastline and impacting wildlife.
These cleanups have a great impact on the community. Last year, our volunteer cleanups contributed to the removal of 87,997 pounds of trash from local creeks in Santa Clara County. That’s equivalent to the weight of 33 midsize sedans! Not only do these volunteer efforts beautify and improve the health of our local rivers and creeks, but it also leaves participants with a lasting impression of the impact that trash has on our local creeks.
In past cleanups, the most common types of refuse encountered have been fast food cups, plastic bags, aluminum cans, Styrofoam packaging, and snack food wrappers. Rarer items have included car rims, microwaves, scooters, shopping carts, sofas, rugs, strollers, bicycles, and even a Christmas tree with lights.
Locally, Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated by the Creek Connections Action Group, a consortium of public agencies and non-profit organizations, including Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and various local cities.
Following the lead of the California Coastal Commission, the CCAG formed in the fall of 1995.
Reserve your spot, click here to register today: http://bit.ly/CCD2018SCC
Letter from Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Chair Richard P. Santos re: Health and safety while volunteering for Coastal Cleanup Day
The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.9 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.