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2012 Creek Cleanup

10th Annual Creek Cleanup a Successful Event

A very successful Creek Cleanup event was held on September 15th. Approximately fifty volunteers met at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve and then headed out to various locations along the creek to pick up trash. Boy Scouts from Troop 464 under Scoutmaster Jim Niehues provided another service by painting the piers of the bridge on County Road 94B. The reachable areas of these massive concrete structures had been covered by graffiti, and at least for a short time now, will be clear of obnoxious words and glaring colors. Paint was donated by Yolo County Landfill, and the boys did a great job in cleaning up this area.

Volunteer Steve Laugenour headed up a group that cleaned the area of the creek by Highway 113, and another group worked at the Wild Wings riparian area. Other volunteers cleaned approximately one mile of creek by the Nature Preserve. We were again pleased to have youth groups and families participate, including Cub Scouts from Pack 499 and Girl Scouts.

The volunteers collected about 1,000 pounds of trash during the morning. One of the most unusual items encountered was a hot tub, most likely pushed off the Road 94B Bridge and into the creek. Because of its size and location, equipment is needed to remove this eyesore. We continue to be dismayed by the thoughtlessness of some people in disposing of items. Thankfully, there are many caring individuals who come out and spend their time helping to keep our creekside habitat in a clean and safe condition.

This was the tenth year for the annual Creek Cleanup Day in Yolo County and groups worked at various sites in the county. Our local event is part of the California Coastal Commission’s 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer trash cleanup in the world.