Help Keep Creeks Clean

A few years ago — too many — we participated in a couple beach cleanups here in California.

While the process of picking up trash, sometimes unmentionable and sometimes just plain weird, was tedious it was also amazing.

In a matter of hours, it truly felt like we had helped the environment and ourselves. You never look at garbage quite the same after spending the day picking it up.

Now there’s a chance Natomas-area residents can participate in something similar here in our own community. Yeah, we don’t have any beaches, but we do have creeks!

There will be a big Creek Week Cleanup on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to Noon near Natomas Park. This would be a great opportunity to give back to our community with your family.

Come prepared to get a little muddy. Use the checklist below so that you come protected against the natural and man-made elements:

  1. Comfortable, washable clothes
  2. Long pants and Long sleeves
  3. Hat and sunscreen
  4. Gloves (Work or gardening type)
  5. Shoes that can get wet and muddy
  6. Waterproof boots (optional)
  7. Grabbing tool or rake (optional)

All children who participate must be with a responsible adult. There can be hidden hazards in the debris, plus water and slippery stream banks can be hazards.

If you volunteer for the Creek Week Cleanup, you will get free admission to the Discovery Museum from Noon to 2 p.m. for a barbecue with live music, games and contests. Environmentally-minded organizations and related city and county programs will have booths, free exhibits, and fun activities.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in Creek Week 2008. Check out the official website for more information!

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