On California Coast and Creek Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 15, Putah Creek Council celebrated our 30th year of hosting cleanups along Putah Creek. This year, 130 volunteers removed 3,225 pounds of trash and recyclables from Putah Creek's channel, floodplains, nearby roads, and a tributary in Yolo and Solano Counties. Volunteers picked up a total of 6,393 pieces of trash, and the most common types found along the creek this year were cigarette butts (1,218), beverage bottles (735), and food wrappers (731). A special group of volunteers was deployed to remove stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens), an up-and-coming invasive weed, from areas in Winters Putah Creek Nature Park. Participants in the Putah Creek Cleanup were treated to a lunch of burritos provided by Putah Creek Council and watermelon donated by Pedrick Produce in Dixon. Volunteers were entered into a raffle of items donated by nearby businesses, including Steady Eddy's, Putah Creek Cafe, Pacific Ace Hardware, Mike's Velo City, Mariani Nut Company, Putah Creek Crawdads, Clayground, Cloth Carousel, and Jennifer LoPolito.
Special thanks to the Yolo County Central Landfill and Recology Vacaville for providing dumpsters and waiving landfill fees, and to the Solano County Water Agency and City of Winters for sponsoring the 2018 Putah Creek Cleanup.
We hope to see you again next year!