Working togher, nine organizations, inclduing Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, were awarded the Outstanding Environmental Project award from the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary. At the 12th Biennieal State of the San Francisco Estuary Confernce on September 18th, the South Bay Creek Collaborative received the award along with five other projects that showcased the value of partnerships in making remarkable contributions to the health and resilience of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.
The collaborative consists of the City of San José, CommUniverCity, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Friends of Los Gatos Creek, Friends of Guadalupe River, Downtown Streets Team, San José Conservation Corps, San José State University and Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities. Together, these groups with thousands of volunteers removed over 100 tons of trash from our South Bay waterways, including car batteries, tires, shopping carts, mattresses, and general litter. Other projects included the Coyote Creek Howl, creek-themed murals, university projects, and presentations. All these efforts lead to community stewardship of and cleaner creeks for residents and wildlife.
Additionally, Coyote Creek Posters were selected to participate in the poster session. Six posters featured the collective efforts of the groups, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful; Coyote Creek Howl Conference; SJSU Ebb & Flow; Project Study on Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities; Coyote Creek Mural Project; Creek-themed Public Art.
Major funding for the Collaborative came from the City of San José, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
City of San Jose press release.
Article in “Water World”.