Thank you volunteers.

Valley Water celebrates creek clean up volunteers and water ambassadors

Valley Water held a virtual volunteer recognition event on Jan. 6, 2021, to honor the outstanding individuals who have put in their time and energy into our year-round volunteer programs, such as the Adopt-A-Creek program and the Water Ambassador program.

This annual event was held virtually for the first time. Valley Water recognized seven volunteers for their tireless commitment to keeping our waterways clean, despite the many challenges presented due to COVID-19 and the devastating wildfires. Also recognized were our water ambassadors. These community leaders have completed an intensive five-session program and have gained knowledge in local water issues and critical water infrastructure projects to become water champions in their own communities.  

In 2020:

  • 1,307 volunteers generously gave over 4,000 hours of their time.
  • This amounts to over $126,000 in volunteer time value.
  • Our creek cleanup volunteers helped remove 53,442 pounds of trash throughout 351 miles of creeks in our county.

Valley Water Board Directors presented each awardee with a plaque, certificate, and a Valley Water Volunteer face covering as a token of our appreciation.

Volunteers are the heart of Valley Water stewardship and civic leadership programs. They take an active role in supporting our mission of providing safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.

The Adopt-A-Creek program is an excellent way to get involved and help protect our waterways. Program partners adopt a section of the 275 miles of creek managed by Valley Water in Santa Clara County. They monitor trash in their adopted creek segments and coordinate at least two cleanups a year.

Join us and help preserve the health and beauty of our local creeks. Sign up to be an Adopt-A-Creek partner. Visit to apply. If you’d like to learn more, visit or email with any questions. 

The Water 101 Academy is a leadership opportunity to educate, inspire, and empower community members to become leaders on local water issues and environmental stewards within their own neighborhoods. To learn more about this program, visit

Valley Water is proud to see our community come together, and we encourage others to join in and make a difference in Santa Clara County.

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