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.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
The 31st Annual SLV River & Road Clean-Up, organized by The Valley Women’s Club’s Environmental Committee for the SLV, takes place in Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond and Felton on Saturday, September 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lompico Community Center holds their annual Clean-up the same morning from 9 to noon. The VWC and Lompico coordinate the morning effort with Save Our Shores, whose morning only Coastal Clean-up now reaches up the River. Each organization emphasizes the link between the health of the San Lorenzo River Watershed to the health of the Bay and the Ocean, and needs volunteers of all ages to come help.
In Felton, volunteers can check-in at the table at the Felton Covered Bridge Park starting at 9 am, and can continue until 3 pm. Further up the Valley, participants may come to the Ben Lomond table right on Hwy 9 near Fillmore St., or to the SLV Redemption/Recycling Center (behind the Village Wash & Dry) in Boulder Creek.
Safety is paramount during the Cleanup. Volunteers are required to sign a waiver of liability, and children 12 and under must be with an adult. Anyone working along the River or a creek must have a buddy. Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes and readily visible clothing. Large signs warning drivers will be posted along Clean Up routes & safety vests are available.
Students can earn Community Service credit for the hours they work; forms are provided.
The River & Road Clean-up is again generously supported by the SLV Water District and the County of Santa Cruz. Each provides a dump truck and drivers to haul recyclables and trash to the Ben Lomond Transfer Station, where the County will provide free disposal of the trash. The VWC’s three SLV Redemption/Recycling Centers will process the recyclable materials.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring cars and trucks to help transport materials to the three pick-up points, and are encouraged to enlist family and friends.
Valley Women’s Club volunteers will staff the SLV sign-in/weigh-in stations, provide trash bags, latex gloves, snacks and water, and can suggest cleanup locations.
If you know of a place needing special attention this year, or need additional information, please contact VWC Environmental Committee Chair, Nancy Macy, at 831/338-6578, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .