FOPCW met on the upper Pinole Creek watershed in August 2017 to take advantage of the Alhambra Valley Road closure and clean up the creek. FOPCW, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and the Contra Costa County Watershed Project organized and hosted the event, providing equipment and a BBQ lunch to finish off the day.
EBMUD ranger Virginia Northrop started the group of volunteers off with an admonition to pick up even the smallest bits of plastic as they persist in the environment and can be ingested by wildlife. As the 35 volunteers fanned out along the creek we quickly filled up bags with the usual suspects: bottles, cans, car debris and fast food containers. We also pulled up couches, deck debris, and even a children’s plastic pool.
Alhambra Valley Road is a notorious dumping zone. The illegal dumping affects the health of the creek and is a blight on the beauty of this peaceful road. You are encouraged to report anyone you see dumping by calling 1-800-No-Dumping.
The clean-up was a successful event, bringing together many new community members and the agencies that arranged logistics and provided food. Many thanks to all who participated! You can see footage on the Pinole TV Channel and read more in the East Bay Express.
Join us September 16 at Bay Front Park at the mouth of Pinole Creek for Coastal Clean-up Day! See you there!