Tri-Valley Creeks to Bay Clean-Up volunteers helped clean up trash and debris from eight Livermore creek sites on Saturday, Sept. 16th. This event was part of the 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest statewide and international effort to clean trash and debris from beaches, bays, creeks, rivers, and lakes.
258 volunteers collected a total of 3,106.5 gallons of trash and 325 gallons of recyclables from 8 creek locations along 5.92 miles of Livermore waterways. In addition to the 6th Annual Tri-Valley Creeks to Bay Clean-up in Livermore, 140 volunteers collected 10 cubic yards of trash from 6 creek locations in Dublin on Saturday, Sept. 9th.
Removing trash and debris from neighborhood creeks improves the beauty of neighborhoods and helps protect both water quality and aquatic habitat in creeks. Studies have shown that much of the garbage found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast originates from inland sources. It often starts as trash that blows into storm drains and ends up in creeks and other waterways that flow to the Bay.
The Tri-Valley Creeks to Bay Clean-up was coordinated by the Adopt a Creek Spot Program, with refreshment, supply and prize donations from Noah’s Bagels, Costco, Orchard Supply Hardware, Livermore Sanitation, Ecofolia Design, Dom’s Outdoor Outfitters, Livermore Barber Shop, First Street Alehouse, Eagle Ridge Winery and California Coastal Commission.
Adopt a Creek Spot Program partners include the City of Livermore Water Resources Division, Zone 7 Water Agency, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Alameda County Resource Conservation District, Living Arroyos, Alameda Creek Watershed Forum, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Friends of the Arroyos, and Goza Gear Eco-Friendly Screen Printing & Embroidery Work. The Program's mission is to promote healthy Tri-Valley creeks through active community participation and education.
The Adopt a Creek Spot Program promotes year-round clean-up of local creeks by volunteers. Adoptees of ten creek spots have removed 30,565.3 gallons of trash and recyclables since 2012. Adoptees include: Saundra Lormand and Laura Cornett; Las Positas College Spanish Club and BasicNecessities.org; Terry and Alyce Rossow; Tri-Valley Conservancy and Tri-Valley Fly Fishers; Cub Scout Pack 942; Friends of the Arroyos and Granada High School Students; Phillemon Hann; The Henry Family; North Livermore Community Alliance; and Boy Scout Troop 906.
Additional information about the ongoing Adopt a Creek Spot Program is available at www.trivalleycreeks.org.