No one likes to see trash in our environment, and now is the opportunity to do something about it.
National River Cleanup Day is right around the corner on May 18, and we need your help!
Each year, Valley Water teams up with our partners and an army of volunteers to clean as much of our creeks in Santa Clara County as we can. And each year, more than a thousand volunteers show up at different sites around the county, ready to do their part to beautify our county and help out the fish and wildlife who call these streams home.
In 2018, 1,354 volunteers cleaned 64 miles of creeks and rivers, picking up 47,353 lbs. of trash and recyclables! Some of the odd things they picked up included a full ham still in its package, a go-kart, a Christmas tree, a truck bed shell, part of a windmill, and, of course, the proverbial kitchen sink.
Volunteer cleanup efforts are important in supplementing the work that Valley Water crews do year-round to try to keep our waterways clean. It’s a never-ending job that serves as a stark reminder not to litter or dump trash. These items make their way into our creeks and rivers, and eventually flow out to the San Francisco or Monterey bays, where they do more harm to our oceans.
There are more than 800 miles of streams in Santa Clara County, and Valley Water is directly responsible for 275 miles of them. But stream health is everyone’s concern, and that’s why we coordinate this effort, as well as Coastal Cleanup Day in September, through the Creek Connections Action Group. The group is a consortium of public agencies and non-profit organizations that share a goal of protecting Santa Clara County’s waterways. Valley Water has been chair of the group for 10 years and counting.
We provide the tools, you provide the enthusiasm! Register today and volunteer on Saturday, May 18 via this link: http://bit.ly/NRCD2019SCC