The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Creek Cleanup event on Sept. 16 at eight locations in East County this year. The event is part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day.
“Over the years our volunteers have taken nearly 10 tons of trash out of local creeks,” said FOMCW Program Director Rick Lemyre. “Fortunately, the total has gotten a bit smaller each year, but there’s still plenty to do.”
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at four locations in Brentwood, two in Oakley, and one each in Antioch and Discovery Bay.
There are 8 sites planned for being cleaned up this year.
- Brentwood Homecoming Park
- Brentwood Dainty Road/ Central
- Brentwood Creekside Park
- Brentwood Ron Nunn/ Apple Hill
- Oakley Creekside Park
- Oakley Cypress Road
- Discovery Bay Newport & Capstan at Kellogg Creek Trail
- Antioch – Sandcreek Basin
To make this year’s event even greener, volunteers are being asked to bring a bucket or other reusable container to carry the trash to the bins at each site so that the number of garbage bags sent to the landfill can be kept to a minimum.
Families and community groups are encouraged to participate as a group. High school students can pick up community service hours they need for graduation, too.
“It’s a great chance to help teach kids the importance of caring for the Earth, while at the same time enjoying a morning outdoors with friends,” said Lemyre, adding that the FOMCW is still looking for site captains to sign in volunteers at some of the sites.
To sign up to help, click here. To see maps of the cleanup locations, visit www.fomcw.org and click on “Creek and Delta Cleanup” under “Get Involved.” Links to the sites are at the bottom of the page.