As reported in last month’s newsletter, Greentown has adopted the Permanante Creek channel from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Help us celebrate GreenTown’s creek adoption and stewardship by joining our first creek cleanup on Saturday, May 21st from 9am-noon. Sign up for this free event at: http://permanentecreek.eventbrite.com/
We will meet at Heritage Oaks Park on the corner of Portland Ave. and Miramonte. This will be a great opportunity to see and learn about the channel (which is normally inaccessible behind fencing). Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
We plan to pick up litter and trash along the Permanente channel (the gates will be unlocked on this day for creek cleanup volunteers) and if time permits, also the section upstream that borders Heritage Oaks Park.
There are several good reasons to participate in the May 21st cleanup, which also happens to be National River Cleanup Day:
Volunteer locally while others do the same nationwide
Learn a bit of creek history and some current problems
Demonstrate your concern for birds and downstream wildlife that depend on this creek by picking up items that can injure or kill them
Stop the flood of trash that makes its way from creeks to the Bay and eventually out into the ocean
When done we’ll bring our bags of trash back to Heritage Oaks park for sorting, counting, and photographing. Some of the plastic will be saved for a future art project.