Summer Clean Creek Challenge

The Creekbeds are Dry: Let’s Haul Out More Trash

by Deb Kramer

I was talking with two city staff members in July, and we thought that with the creeks so dry right now, we should hold a community challenge to remove that legacy trash that has been embedded in our creeks for years. Hence, the Summer Clean Creek Challenge. The goal:

  • 10 cleanups
  • 10 tons of trash removed
  • 1,000 volunteers

Kids at the Los Gatos Creek Cleanup.
Photo by Deb Kramer.

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and Friends of Los Gatos Creek have organized several events in July and August to do exactly that.

Upcoming events are:

Sat 7/11 – 8 AM to 11 AM

Location: Various locations along Los Gatos Creek, San Jose and Campbell

Completed: .33 tons removed, 27 volunteers

Sat 7/18 – 9 AM to 12 PM

Location: Coyote Creek at Galveston Ave and Sunnyside Dr – 2114 Galveston Ave, San Jose
Completed: 2 tons removed, 33 volunteers

Sat 8/22 – 9 AM to 11 AM

Location: Coyote Creek at Galveston Ave and Sunnyside Dr – 2114 Galveston Ave, San Jose

Completed: 3 tons removed, 49 volunteers

Sat 8/29 – 9 AM to 12 PM

Location: Coyote Creek at Roosevelt Park – 900 E. Santa Clara, San Jose

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Sun 8/30 – 9 AM to 11 AM

Location: Hellyer County Park – Silver Creek Valley along Coyote Creek

6039 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose

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Sat 9/12 – 9 AM – 11 AM

Location: Various locations along Los Gatos Creek, San Jose and Campbell
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Additional corporate-sponsored events have been held. Many of these dates are co-hosted by San Jose City Councilmembers, Santa Clara County Parks, and the Sierra Club Guadalupe Regional Group.

We hope you’ll join us.

Removing a soggy mattress from Coyote Creek.
Photo by Deb Kramer.

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