Hundreds of volunteers are expected to remove trash from local streams and creeks Saturday as part of the annual Creek Day event.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can check in at any of eight locations throughout the county and receive instructions on which creeks to clean up.
Visit www.creekday.org to find a location. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and clothing suitable for a variety of weather conditions.
The goal is to remove hundreds of pounds of trash from creeks before winter storms wash it downstream to beaches and the ocean. Past creek cleanups have removed more than 10 Dumpsters of trash as well as hundreds of pounds of recyclables.
Creek Day is part of a larger effort to reduce polluted runoff from urban areas, said Freddy Otte, a San Luis Obispo biologist.
“The city completed its first year being enrolled in the storm water management program permitted through the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and we removed close to 400 tons of trash from drain inlets to transient camps to street sweeping,” he said.