Annual Coastal Cleanup Event

The Southern Sonoma County RCD and partners are hosting inland trash cleanup events as part of COASTWEEKS, a three-week celebration of our coastal resources that begins on the third Saturday of September each year. The kick off for the celebration is Coastal Cleanup Day, when 80,000 Californians come together across the state to keep our coasts and inland waterways free of debris. The goal of the event is to pick up any and all trash and debris before it has a chance to be mobilized by winter run-off into our storm drains, creeks, rivers, bay, and ocean. Join thousands of volunteers throughout California to keep our coasts and inland waterways clean! Read on for event details in the Petaluma and Sonoma valleys.

Petaluma Valley - 4th Annual Petaluma Watershed Fall Trash Cleanup

Date: Sat, 09/15/2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon (arrive at 8:30 to sign in and get geared up!)

Location: Meet at 260 H North Water Street - OR - Sign up with us to captain your own local neighborhood cleanup site!

Sponsors: Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District, Friends of the Petaluma River, Sonoma County Water Agency Zone 2A Flood Control Advisory Committee.

What to bring:

  • Check the weather and dress appropriately, but we recommend long pants and sleeves, sturdy boots, and dressing in layers that can be removed.
  • Please bring gloves if you have them, and a refillable water bottle as we will have water available.
  • 5 gallon buckets are great for collecting trash and reduce the use of plastic garbage bages - please bring one to use.
  • We will have some gloves and buckets on hand to loan out, and a porta-potty and hand washing station will be available.

To participate in the event, you will need to sign a liability waiver and anyone under 18 will need their waiver signed by a legal guardian. If you wish to print and fill out at home, you can download a copy of the waiver here, available in English and Spanish. We will have copies at the sign-in table as well.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE so we know how many people to expect.

This year, the goal is to increase the number and reach of groups collecting trash. We need to pick up any and all trash and debris before it has a chance to be mobilized by winter run-off into our storm drains, creeks, river, bay, and ocean.

The RCD and Friends staff will scout public access sites along creeks and the River ahead of the event. Volunteers can come to the meet-up location to sign up, grab needed materials, and head out to various locations in teams. However, in an effort to spread out, cover more ground, and be even more effective, the Petaluma coordination team will be providing materials and support for neighborhood breakout groups that would like to organize their own teams to clean local neighborhood streets, parks, creeks, etc. 

Remember - any trash that makes it to a street or parking lot storm drain will end up in a creek and eventually the Petaluma River and further downstream.  These breakout events can happen on any day of your choosing within the three week COASTWEEKS window.  Ask your neighbors, friends, classmates, or church congregation to lend an hour or two and together we can make a huge impact.  The RCD will collect the same data for any breakout events and compile areas covered and total weight of trash and recycling removed.

If you are interested in getting involved in this upcoming event or organizing your own, please REGISTER and/or contact us (info below).

You can always email us at events "at" with any ideas or questions. If you plan on organizing a breakout site, please email Jason at events "at"

Click here for more information on Coastal Cleanup Day.

Thanks again to Coastwalk for organizing this important event in Sonoma County and to all the wonderful volunteers that make it happen!

Sonoma Valley - California Coastal Cleanup Day in Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, Whole Foods, The Fairmont, Renaissance Lodge, MacArthur Place, and Starbucks will facilitate a California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Volunteers are invited to support this statewide initiative—by joining the Ecology Center in an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the cleanup will encompass three Sonoma locations: Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Larson Regional Park, and Nathanson Creek Preserve.

California's coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris can be harmful and fatal to marine wildlife, damage our state's economy, and even pose a human health hazard.

Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun.

Volunteers are invited to join Ecology Center staff and partners at Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Larson Regional Park, or Nathanson Creek Preserve at 9:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2012. Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning, with light lunches provided in the post-work celebration starting at noon. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves, eating utensils (plates, cups, flatware), and water bottles to help reduce the overall event footprint.

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This work day will be followed by a picnic and celebration from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at one of three venues:
• Sonoma Creek: Maxwell Farms Regional Park at the Boys and Girls Club. 100 Verano Avenue, Sonoma, California 95476
• Sonoma Creek: Larson Regional Park. Meet at picnic tables near new Community Garden Site.
• Nathanson Creek: Meet at the Demonstration Garden, corner of MacArthur and 2nd St. E.

Preparation: Volunteers should wear layered, comfortable clothing. Conditions may include getting clothes dirty and feet wet. Please bring your own gloves and buckets to remove trash (we will provide gloves and trash bags if needed). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For questions about clean-up sites or to RSVP for a group of 10 or more, please contact Jim Chayka at 707-996-0712 x115 or email

This project is funded in part by the California Department of Conservation, and Proposition 84

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