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GUIDE to Sonoma County Watershed and Beach Clean-Ups


GUIDE to Sonoma County Watershed and Beach Clean-Ups

Why Community Waterway Cleanups are Important

Vast amounts of plastic debris litter the world’s oceans causing all manner of harm, and most of this debris comes from land. Our beaches are collecting spots for trash from city streets and highways. Trash travels - via inland waterways, storm drains, sewers, and on the wind, and eventually ends up on the coast. If not removed, this debris will end up in the ocean. Beach cleanups are a last line of defense - to prevent debris from causing harm to our oceans, to wildlife, to our coastal economies, and even to beach-goers (ouch!). For more Trash Talk go to — Chris Brokate

Sonoma County Watershed Clean-Ups

DOWNLOAD and Print Out a Trach Clean-Up Schedule

Beach Cleanups UPDATE 10-1-15

thru Oct 11 ~ International  Coastal Cleanup 
An astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash in our 2014 International Coastal Cleanup.

CREEK & RIVER Clean-ups

Oct 17 ~ Laguna de Santa Rosa ~ from 9am-noon along the Laguna in Sebastopol. There is a giant pile of garbage in the lower Laguna de Santa Rosa and almost nobody knows about it. Between Guerneville Road and River Road, trash and wood debris have been building up in the channel for years. Old hot water heaters, tires, and milk crates wash down Santa Rosa Creek and tangle with logs and other debris from Mark West Creek to create a channel- clogging mess. Bring your gloves and join us at the Youth Park near the Sebastopol Community center at 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol.  INFO: (707) 527-9277 x 105 hattie@lagunafoundationorg Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa INFO: (707) 527-9277 

Oct. 17 ~ Eel River cleanup ~ Meet at the Eel River Road Bridge at 9 am. Contact Beb Ware, 743-1525 for more information.

Oct 22 ~ Trash Clean-Up along the Russian River. Get our watershed ready for rain. Meet at Fire MOuntain Lodge between Safeway and Johnson's Beach any time after 9am. Gloves, pickers, snacks and water are provided. INFO:

Oct 24 ~ Hopland-Cloverdale Russian River cleanup ~ Meet at 9 am at the Solar Living Center, Highway 101, Hopland. Contact Ken Johnson, 570-9226, for more information.

Oct. 25 ~ Brush Creek in Santa Rosa ~ 10am. We'll clean from Montecito maybe all the way to Flat Rocks. Donuts on the deck -- look for the balloons! 


Ongoing Cleanups

Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
10:00 am - noon. Meet at Olive Park. On the first Saturday of every month help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided.

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program (family friendly)
9:00 am - noon, rain or shine. 2nd Saturday of the month from March to October. Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks. 

Laguna Keepers
Saturdays, 9:00 am - noon. Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend!  No RSVP required. For locations contact John Guardino at (707) 527-9277 x108 or email

The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long.

Schoolyard Cleanups
Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these goals.

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanups
Join us in helping to clean up tsunami debris! We have mobilizing people all along the California coast to clean up debris that was washed away from Japan during the March 2011 tsunami. Cleanups have taken place in all coastal counties.