Results are in; this year’s National River Cleanup was a complete success! We had 1,354 volunteers come out to clean up 64 miles of creeks and rivers throughout Santa Clara County. Volunteers exceeded the amount of trash that was picked up at last year’s event by almost 14,000 lbs. The total amount of trash, including recyclables, came out to 47,353 lbs.
Some of the most interesting items that were picked up by volunteers include the following: Google bike frame, 50 tennis balls, Christmas tree, kitchen sink, 100 rounds of live ammunition, shopping carts, Byrd scooter, over 1,000 cigarette butts, truck bed shell and some plywood.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District coordinated this effort through the Creek Connections Action Group (CCAG), a consortium of public agencies and non-profit organizations that share a goal of protecting Santa Clara County’s waterways. The district has been chair of the CCAG for more than 5 years and counting.