Adopt a Spot

Applying to adopt a creek spot is easy. First, read the FAQs below to learn more about the program. Then fill out an Adopt a Creek Spot Program Request Form here. The Adopt a Creek Spot Coordinator will then follow up with you about your request form and may provide you with additional paperwork if necessary. 



What do adopters do?

Tri-Valley creeks have been adopted by families, non-profits, community organizations, and local businesses. All creek adopters are responsible for cleaning up litter at their spot, photographing their work, and reporting data on what is collected to the Adopt a Creek Spot program. However, many of our adopters go above and beyond working on other projects designed to enhance their creek spot. These projects include graffiti removal, marking storm drains, planting California natives, weeding invasive plants, and helping with special events.

Adopters are asked to sign up for a one-year commitment and must complete at least one creek clean-up during their adoption year. If this is successfully completed, adopters may keep their creek spot going forward for as many years as they’d like.


Do I need prior creek clean-up experience or my own supplies to adopt a creek?

The Adopt a Creek Spot program will provide all the supplies you will need for creek clean-ups and any other creek enhancement projects. This includes gloves, trash grabbers, dumpsters, graffiti removal supplies, and storm drain marking kits. The program will also provide technical assistance and training, so your group does not need prior creek clean-up experience to adopt a creek.


Can I pick the creek spot that I adopt?

Creek spots are added to the program based on how physically accessible they are to volunteers and the amount of litter that has been found in the area. To find out which creek spots are available for adoption, view the spots on the Adopt a Creek Spot Program Map.


How small or large can an adoption group be?

The Adopt a Creek Spot program has spots available for groups of all sizes. Some of our adopters are individuals, while others are businesses with hundreds of employees. Our Program Coordinator will work with you to find a creek site that works with your group’s size.


What if cannot commit to adopting a creek, but I would like to volunteer occasionally?

The Adopt a Creek Spot program is part of Living Arroyos, a multi-agency partnership designed to improve streams in the Tri-Valley. Visit their website to find weekend one-off volunteer opportunities.