The 34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest statewide and international effort to clean trash and debris from beaches, bays, creeks, rivers, and lakes. In Livermore, volunteers of all ages came to help clean up trash and debris from eight Livermore creek sites on Saturday, Sept. 15. Along the 5.92 miles of Livermore waterways, 257 volunteers collected a total of 2112 gallons of trash and 264 gallons of recyclables. In the City of Dublin, 153 volunteers collected 5.5 cubic yards of trash and recyclables from five creek locations.
Removing trash and debris from neighbourhood creeks improves the beauty of neighbourhoods and helps protect both water quality and aquatic habitat in creeks. Studies have shown that much of the garbage found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast originates from inland sources. It often starts as trash that blows into storm drains and ends up in creeks and other waterways that flow to the Bay. The Tri-Valley Creeks to Bay Clean-up was coordinated by the Adopt a Creek Spot Program, with refreshment, supply and prize donations from Noah’s Bagels, Costco, Orchard Supply Hardware, Livermore Sanitation, Ecofolia Design, Dom’s Outdoor Outfitters, Livermore Barber Shop, First Street Alehouse, Eagle Ridge Winery and California Coastal Commission.