NATIONAL RIVER CLEANUP DAY
Be Part of the Solution to Creek Pollution!
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9 a.m. to noon
On Saturday, May 18, join 1,100 of your friends and neighbors for the countywide National River Cleanup Day event!
From 9 a.m. to noon, Santa Clara County volunteers are expected to fan out to 39 creek sites to clean up trash along the county’s waterways. Would-be volunteers can find a map of local cleanup sites at www.cleanacreek.org. Pre-registration is required at most sites. Individuals, clubs and classes are welcome to volunteer, as well as those looking to fulfill community service requirements.
Locally, National River 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 the City of San José.
Last year, in Santa Clara County, 1,001 volunteers covered just over 53 miles of waterways and collected 18,301 pounds of trash and 1,410 pounds of recyclable materials.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves and sunscreen and to bring their own pick-up sticks and gloves. Trash bags, first-aid supplies, water and refreshments will be provided at no cost.
For more volunteer information, Waiver of Liability form and specific cleanup locations, please visit www.cleanacreek.org. All youth under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on a Waiver of Liability form and will also need adult supervision for the entire event.
The Creek Connections Action Group (CCAG) was formed in San José, California, in the fall of 1995 by several local agency coordinators whose shared goal is to engage volunteers in preserving and protecting the waterways and to collaborate their creek cleanup efforts in Santa Clara County.
CCAG is an action-oriented partnership made up of local government, non-profit and environmental organizations. Since the group's inception, thousands of volunteers have participated in hundreds of cleanups, removing thousands of pounds of trash each year from creeks, rivers, and reservoirs in Santa Clara County that would otherwise make its way to San Francisco or Monterey bays. This partnership builds upon existing volunteer programs, combining resources to sponsor county-wide events.
CCAG coordinates two clean up days each year in Santa Clara County. National River Cleanup in May and Coastal Cleanup in September.