The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
September 17, 2016, 9am–3pm
Watershed Festival of Events
Workshop/Conference on Water, Pollution and Green Solutions
First Saturday of the month
10:30 am at Henry Cowell State Park
(Second Saturday if first Saturday is a holiday weekend.)
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
The 30th Annual SLV River & Road Clean Up was both successful and unusual. For the first time, the number of children working to remove trash and recyclables from along the waterways outnumbered adults! More family groups and over 30 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts (including Troop 604, and Pack 654 in Felton and Pack 623 in Boulder Creek) made the difference. This showed in the weight and types of materials, like 12 zip-lock bags packed with cigarette butts and fewer large items brought in to the sign-in/weigh-in stations. Even so, messy mountains of junk were accumulated along roadsides for pick-up by volunteers and by the dedicated County Public Works’ and SLV Water District’s truck drivers.
A total of 146 volunteers, ranging in age from pre-school to 90-plus, participated in the Clean-up. The event has been organized by The Valley Women’s Club since 1986, partnering with Save Our Shores for the past eight years. Over 4200 pounds of trash, plus over 1000 pounds of recyclable materials were retrieved, that otherwise would have contaminated the River and its wildlife on the way to the Bay. A 30th anniversary celebration also took place at the Covered Bridge Park, with fresh popcorn (thanks to the Felton Fire popcorn machine) and relay races.
Special kudos go out to the leaders of Troop 604 and Packs 654 and 623, along with the many caring parents who want their children to care for and take responsibility for the health of their watershed. Other adults like Dustin Cochran (who has brought in huge truck-loads of trash from along Bear Creek Rd. for many years), and to Jen Mount and the team of Allison and Natalie, who hand-hauled hundreds of pounds of materials from along Zayante Creek.
Several dozen photos of the event, featuring many of the volunteers, and some remarkably awful trash, are posted on the Valley Women’s Club’s Facebook page and give a real feel for the event! (Those of you with photos to share may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Each resident of the San Lorenzo Valley can help make every day River & Road Clean Up Day by removing the trash from along their road frontage or from the pull-outs along Hwy 9 and other major roads. Don’t wait for a year to help protect your waterways and their wildlife from the impacts of cigarette butts, plastics and other debris’ contamination. It’s everyone’s job!