Highway Cleanup

Join us as we make a difference to the beauty of our freeways!

Partnering with Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF), we'll clean a two-mile stretch of Highway 99 just north of Elkhorn Blvd.

Local freethinking groups will be there and we hope you'll stop by and pitch in as we pick up trash and all kinds of mysterious items.

This is a great event for older children, too! But please leave little ones at home.

Note: Wet conditions = cancelled event.

We've got Everything You Need

We'll provide grabbers, trash bags, gloves, and virtually everything else you need to help restore the environment.

Getting There

Our section of the highway is at the Elkhorn Blvd exit, just north of Natomas where the I-5 and CA-99 split.

We'll meet at the Park and Ride located on Elkhorn Blvd, just west of the CA-99 freeway off ramp.

Why we Do It

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article particularly emphasizes that contribution we have made. It quotes a curator in the Monterey Bay Aquarium husbandry department as saying that “every year, plastic debris kills 40% of newly hatched albatross chicks…their parents see shiny things on the surf, ingest them and regurgitate them to the chicks. It’s a slow and painful death.”

It could be said that our 2-mile stretch of Highway 99 north of Elkhorn Blvd. is far removed from the native habitat of the albatross, the ocean. And yet not an insignificant amount of refuse that we collect could ultimately be swept by the rain into tributaries and into the ocean a mere 85 miles away.

We live in a very interconnected world. We provide all the equipment needed to clean the area. We just need you!

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  • Don

    Please note that even minimal wet conditions will cancel this cleanup. The forecast is not promising though any rain is desperately needed

    February 23, 2014

  • Sean M.

    Hey Don, my wife Stella will be coming with me again, and my 15-year-old son, too.

    1 · February 21, 2014

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