Despite Rain, Hundreds Clean Up Delta Shorelines in East County


On Saturday, volunteers of all ages joined forces to help clean the California Delta and Costal areas around the state. Locally, the cleanup efforts focused around the Delta Shorelines and the trails along Marsh Creek.

According to Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed Executive Director Diane Burgis, she had 500 volunteers sign up for the event and were spread out among the 9-locations that covered Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Oakley.

Burgis states the volunteers collected 6 and a half tons of garbage in just a few hours’ time.  Volunteers found office chairs, stereos, tires, clothing, shopping carts, and lots of trash. A full count will be provided at  later date at one of their upcoming meetings.

“Most of the trash collected was at Homecoming Park in Brentwood and Point of Timber in Discovery Bay,” stated Burgis. “A lot of the comments I got was there was not a lot of trash in Oakley than in the past which means the Creek is getting cleaner by the year.”

Burgis also applauded Discovery Bay residents for joining in this year as she stated they had 40-volunteers and plan on working closer with the Town going forward—including potential Earth Day activities.

“We had lots of great volunteers who participated and great site captains.  We had lots of scout groups, service groups, sports teams, church teams, lots of kids getting service hours…it was a nice mix of community involvement,” said Burgis.

The following photographs are from cleanup efforts in Antioch and Pittsburg. Although we do not yet have their numbers, we wanted to include them as some of them were provided by our readers.

Photos from EastCountyToday, Diane Burgis, Ashley Simons-Harrison and Robin Achterberg

Article does not take into account volunteer numbers or trash collected in Antioch or Pittsburg.


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