6.7 tons of trash and 2.2 tons of recyclables were removed from Putah Creek when volunteers came out on Saturday, September 20th for the 19th Annual Coast and Creek Cleanup Day sponsored by the CA Coastal Commission. Volunteers met at two sites in Winters, the Putah Creek Nature Park downtown and the FARMS/Audubon office at 5265 Putah Creek Road.
Over 140 volunteers participated at 8 different sites to scour Putah Creek for trash and recyclables. Children and adults from both Yolo and Solano Counties came together to rid our local creek of broken beer bottles, plastic bags, old newspapers, aluminum cans, and countless other items that have been thoughtlessly strewn along the creek's banks. Some of the most unusual items found included a toilet seat, kitchen sink, coyote skull, washing machine, mini motorcycle, table saw and a truck camper shell.
Participants in the Putah Creek Cleanup were treated to a breakfast provided by First Northern Bank of Winters with a discount from Town and Country Market and coffee from Starbucks. 95.3 KUIC out of Vacaville helped to sponsor the event and provided free tickets to Six Flags for participating volunteers. Starbucks also helped to sponsor the event as part of their “Make Your Mark” program by donating $10/hour worked to the Coastal Commission for the first 80 volunteers as well as free baseball caps. Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District purchased “Keep CA Waterways Clean” window clings that were given to each participating volunteer along both Putah and Cache Creeks. Local Winters restaurants, Cody’s Delicatessen, Kountry Kitchen, Pizza Factory, and Putah Creek Café, provided discounts on lunch to cleanup participants. Special thanks to all of the site captains along Putah Creek!
The Putah Creek Cleanup was a partnership between Putah Creek Council, Winters Putah Creek Committee, FARMS Leadership Inc., Audubon CA, Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee and the City of Winters. Special thanks are extended to all of these organizations, to Vacaville Sanitary and Yolo County Waste Management for providing dumpsters and waiving landfill fees, to Craig McNamara of Sierra Orchards for providing a dump truck and driver, to CALFED for sponsoring the Adopt-A-Reach program, and to the Coastal Commission and all of its affiliates for making this event possible.