As part of National Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 16, 30 GreenTown Los Altos volunteers joined with 1,672 others in Santa Clara County to clean local waterways.
At Permanente Creek in Heritage Oaks Park in Los Altos, volunteers ages 8 to 80 removed 150 pounds of scrap metal, mostly in large, heavy pieces, from the creek bed and adjacent diversion channel.
They also picked up 50 pounds of trash, 33 pounds of recyclable and compostable material and more than 150 cigarette butts.
Organized by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, volunteers collectively removed 46,630 pounds of trash from rivers and streams throughout the county.
Since 2011, when GreenTown adopted the section of Permanente Creek, volunteers have conducted biannual cleanups in September and May. In addition to trash, they have found unpaid parking tickets, plastic tiaras, sodden office chairs and balls of all types.
“I really enjoyed cleaning the creek,” said high school volunteer Kristy Luu. “(It was) … a lot of fun. Join us next on May 19.”
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