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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  • Laura L

    This was well-organized, nice people, great way to give back to the community

    April 28, 2014

    • Sean M.

      So it actually happened? Man, what a bummer we couldn't get word ahead of time. :/ We need to figure out a way to make it more clear what happens if it rains the day before, since the time before it was cancelled with the same circumstance.

      April 28, 2014

  • Laura L

    Even though it's not raining, the ground is really soaked. Is this meetup still on?

    April 26, 2014

  • Sean M.

    Hi Don, does the heavy rain this afternoon mean no cleanup tomorrow, or will we go out so long as it's not actually raining on us tomorrow? Looks like it should be clear.

    April 25, 2014

    • Kenneth E. N.

      Weather forecast for Saturday says cloudy but no rain. But the grounds might still be pretty wet after today. Last cleanup had the same conditions, and Don had to cancel (due to Caltrans regs). Don, please let us know what to expect.

      April 25, 2014

    • Sean M.

      Well, I'm going to assume it's cancelled at this point, like last time. It's still raining now. I wish we could have known for sure earlier in the day because we've got plans hanging in the balance. Don, if you get this, please let us know!

      April 25, 2014

  • Heidi H.

    Hi. Sorry I have an outing that day with my sister-in-law. Family duties.

    March 6, 2014

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