The Tri-Valley Adopt a Creek Spot Program was founded in 2012 and is currently a partnership between the City of Livermore Water Resources Division, Zone 7 Water Agency, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Alameda County Resource Conservation District, Alameda County Watershed Forum, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Friends of the Arroyos, Living Arroyos, and Goza Gear Ink.
Adopt a Creek Spot's mission is to promote healthy Tri-Valley creeks through active community participation and education. We improve and protect water quality by reducing litter and minimizing urban runoff pollution to storm drains and creeks. The program also promotes community stewardship of creeks and provides local watershed educational opportunities.
Why Does Trash Reduction Matter?
Did You Know? Every year 26,359 gallons of trash (approximately 75 gallons of trash a day) flows into the San Francisco Bay from the City of Livermore.
How Long Does Litter Last?
Ever wondered how long litter will be around if no one picks it up? Litter and illegal dumping are serious problems. The list below shows the average number of years it takes for common litter items to break down. Actual time varies depending on the conditions under which the litter is breaking down, so may be higher or lower than indicated below.
|Orange or Banana Peel||Up to 2 years|
|Cigarette Butts||1 to 5 years|
|Plastic Coated Paper, e.g., candy wrappers||5 years|
|Plastic Bags||10 to 20 years|
|Nylon Fabric||30 to 40 years|
|Leather||Up to 50 years|
|Tin Cans||50 years|
|Aluminum Cans and Tabs||80 to 100 years|
|Plastic Six-Pack Holders||100 years|
|Glass Bottles||1,000,000 years|
|Plastic Foam, e.g., Styrofoam||Indefinite|