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National River Cleanup: Matadero Creek, Palo Alto

  • May 17, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Artemis will participate in the National River Cleanup, as we have so many years in the past. This is one of our consistent projects, that we do twice a year.

We will work as a team to collect debris, ranging from tiny bits of plastic and metal to tires and shopping carts. This project is always very rewarding, as the smallest pieces of trash and debris impact our wildlife and overall ecological system. I hope you are able to join us on this project.

Date: Saturday, May 17th

Time: 9 a.m. - noon

Location: Matadero Creek in Palo Alto - see location description below.

What to Bring: They will provide gloves, garbage-picker tools and bags. There will be water to put in your own personal bottle. Please wear sun protection and bring layers of clothing. Parking is generally close to the clean up site.

Information on the organization:

The Creek Connections Action Group is a consortium of public agencies and non-profit organizations that share a goal of protecting Santa Clara County's waterways. These agencies include the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, and the City of San José.

The Creek Connections Action Group (CCAG) was formed in San José, California in the fall of 1995 by several local agency coordinators whose goal was to collaborate their creek cleanup efforts in Santa Clara County. Since the group's inception, thousands of volunteers have participated in hundreds of cleanups, removing thousands of pounds of trash each year from creeks, rivers, and lakes in Santa Clara County.

Location Info:

Matadero Creek is along E. Bayshore Road (frontage road to Hwy 101, northbound), in between Embarcadero and San Antonio Roads. It is right next to the Emily Renzel wetlands pond., along the frontage road ( East Bayshore Rd ) and adjacent to Highway 101.  It is a beautiful creek location, good for both children and adults!  Parking is a little sparse but there is a cutout in the road (dirt area) for parking  OR go a bit more down the road to our big MSC yard and park in the visitor’s parking area.


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  • Jackie J.

    Another great year at the River clean up. Nice group and we did a lot of good work.

    May 18, 2014

  • Melanie

    Thanks Jackie for coordinating this
    event! It was great to reconnect with
    the group and meet new friends! I
    look forward to our next event!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Lyn C

    It was great meeting y'all and doing some good! I'll definitely come out for some more events! :)

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Lyn C

    I'm confused about where we are going to meet. I went over to the website:

    The website says "Volunteer Meeting Area:
    Manhattan Ave at Woodland Ave"( seems to be on the west side of 101)
    which is about a 6 minute drive from the wetland area between Embarcadero and San Antonio Roads, next to east Bayshore rd (on the east side of 101)

    Map showing both locations:

    I don't see Emily Renzel wetlands pond on google maps, but I do see an unlabeled pond. (shown next to the pin on map for "Bay Trail" location)

    Does anyone have coordinates? Is the Bay Trail location where we will meet?

    May 14, 2014

    • Jackie J.

      Hi Lyn, yes that is correct there is parking along the road. I don't remember it being dirt, but it is easy to find. My cell is in the email I sent to attendees in case you need it that day. See you there! Jackie

      May 14, 2014

    • Lyn C


      May 14, 2014

  • Esther

    I'd love to participate but am recovering from surgery. Looking forward to future volunteer opportunities.

    May 11, 2014

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