Sept. 17: Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed Creek and Delta Cleanup Day

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Contra Costa— The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) is proud to announce that Marsh Creek Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, September 17th , from 9 am to Noon at 7 different locations along Marsh Creek, its tributaries & the San Joaquin Delta.

Volunteers will clean trash and debris from nearly 15 miles of creek and about 5 miles of shoreline. Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed conduct this event in partnership with the Cities of Brentwood, Oakley & Discovery Bay, East Bay Regional Park District, California Coastal Commission,  Contra Costa County Flood Control & Clean Water Program, Delta Protection Commission, Supervisor Mary Piepho , Oakley Youth Advisory Committee, Terracare & Associates, and Village Community Resource Center!

The 2016 Cleanup is an annual event when hundreds volunteers turn out to remove thousands of pounds of debris from Marsh Creek and the San Joaquin Delta.  FOMCW is proud happy to include

Discovery Bay for the third year in a row to their cleanup this year.

Diane-burgis-Jerry-McNerney“This is a great event for folks of all ages and abilities to help clean up trash along our trails and in our creek” says Executive Director Diane Burgis. “People always feel a real sense of accomplishment when they see all the trash they have helped clean up. These cleanups help make where we live look nicer, helps improve habitat for the creatures that live in and along the creek, and helps protect our drinking water.”

“We are excited to be working with Excelsior Middle School this year.  The Excelsior Middle School Leadership Class is an enthusiastic addition to our team as well as a couple other groups this year.” said Burgis.

The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed Creek and Delta Cleanup is a part of the California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Cleanup. Last year nearly 500 volunteers cleaned up just 3 tons of debris from Marsh Creek and trails in East County. This is less than in years past as the waterways and creeks are cleaner than ever since FOMCW started this annual event over 10 years ago. Data gathered from cleanups in the past few years reveal the need to continue to find strategies to prevent trash from getting in to our water ways.  A large number of what is picked up in Marsh Creek is plastic bags, food wrappers, Styrofoam, cigarette butts and construction materials.  60 to 80 percent of the debris found on California’s beaches originates from inland or urban areas and washes out to the ocean.

Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed thank their partners and sponsors for helping making this happen. Partners: Cities of Brentwood, , & Oakley, Town of Discovery Bay, Contra Costa County Flood Control District,  Contra Costa Clean Water Program, East Bay Regional Park District, Delta Protection Commission,  Office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho, San Joaquin Sacramento Delta Conservancy, Terracare & Associates, Coastal Conservancy, Cleanup Sites in Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay

There will be four cleanup sites in Brentwood:

  • Creekside Park on Crescent Way off of Balfour
  • Central Blvd at Trail Parking Lot
  • The end of Rosebrook Terrace next to Ron Nunn School
  • Homecoming Park

There will be two sites related to the cleanup:

  • Creekside Park on Creekside Way off of Laurel
  • Cypress Ave Bridge

There will be one site in Discovery Bay:

  • Kellogg Creek Bridge on Newport

Volunteers are encouraged to download the volunteer waivers on the fomcw.org website.

Volunteers are needed to work to help organize the event ahead of time and to help with set up, break down and registration of volunteers on the day of the event. Please contact Diane Burgis at 925.325.2908 or visit our website fomcw.org.

To Register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marsh-creek-and-delta-cleanup-2016-tickets-26460005589

For more information go to http://www.fomcw.org/get-involved