Putah Creek Council would like to thank the Putah Creek Cleanup Day volunteers and sponsors for their hard work and support at an energetic and productive day of community stewardship on September 15.
Led by an experienced group of site captain volunteers, a total of 130 Yolo and Solano County residents, students, scouts, and visiting scholars helped remove and properly dispose of 3,225 pounds of trash and recyclables from 3.5 miles of Putah Creek waterway, floodplain, and adjacent roadsides. Cleanup sites included Dry Creek tributary, Winters Putah Creek Park, Putah Creek Road, Stevenson Bridge, and parts of downtown Winters. This was a coordinated effort between Putah Creek Council, the California Coastal Cleanup, and the International Coastal Cleanup. This year’s Putah Creek participants joined with over 53,000 California volunteers and almost 800,000 globally in a single-day effort to clean 400 tons of garbage from California’s waterways, and over 10,000 tons from around the world.
Interestingly, the top three items collected at the Putah Creek Cleanup reflect the top three most common items collected in cleanups around the world - cigarette butts, food wrappers, and beverage bottles. Although cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, they are not biodegradable, and can leach toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into the environment for years. We are grateful for the thorough effort Putah Creek Cleanup volunteers made this year to remove 1,218 cigarette butts from Putah Creek. Some of the most interesting items picked up were a horse harness, a boat, and a car window. A special group of volunteers even focused on removing invasive plant species, or “biological pollution,” from the floodplain to prevent them from displacing valuable wildlife habitat.
After the cleanup, volunteers were served lunch and enjoyed a raffle featuring items donated from local businesses and individuals. We would like to thank the following for their generous support: Steady Eddy’s, The Clayground, Pacific Ace Hardware, Putah Creek Cafe, Mariani Nut Company, Putah Creek Crawdads, Cloth Carousel, Mike’s Velo City, and Jennifer Lopolito. Steady Eddy's even created a special "Putah Creek blend" coffee to commemorate the occasion! Additionally, we would like to thank Pedrick Produce for donating the delicious watermelons, and Recology for donating waste and recycle bins for this event. We are especially grateful to the Solano County Water Agency and the City of Winters, whose sponsorship made this event possible.
Putah Creek Cleanup Day is held on the third Saturday in September every year. Please join us next year or contact Putah Creek Council for more information.