Delta Waterway Cleanup

The Delta Waterway Cleanup is Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Cleaning neighborhoods, parks, street gutters, and waterways helps to protect not only the Delta but also our oceans, as trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers both locally and out to the coastline and beyond. See our five cleanup locations below and register yourself or your group today!

What is the Delta Waterway Cleanup?

You will be participating in the Delta’s part of California Coastal Cleanup Day! California’s largest annual volunteer event is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and brings folks together at sites around the state to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. People from all walks of life gather to help free our waterways and coastlines from the trash and plastics that harm wildlife and fill our oceans. California’s event is likewise part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on Earth!

Why are waterway cleanups important?

Debris that gets picked up along our waterways is debris that WON’T get swept out to sea where it harms our oceans and wildlife – not to mention cleanups improve our own Delta beaches, parks,  and recreation and nature areas! The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is an amazing place that supports more than 55 fish species and more than 750 plant and wildlife species. It is also important as a stopover point for migratory birds during their flights along the Pacific Flyway. Plus, it’s where humans live, work, and play near and on the 700 plus miles of waterways that make up the Delta – the “Heart of California”. Let’s help make it a place for all to thrive!

Ready to make a difference?

Join us at one of our Delta Waterway Cleanup sites!

Sacramento County – Sacramento River Front Promenade and Levee near Tower Bridge (See map)
Yolo County – Broderick Boat Ramp in West Sacramento (See map)
San Joaquin County – Buckley Cove in Stockton (FULL – We are no longer accepting volunteer signups for that location.)
Solano County – Sacramento River levee near Helen Madere Memorial Bridge in Rio Vista (See map)
Contra Costa County – Bethel Island (See map)

Register online for yourself or your group!

More information will be sent by email a few days before the cleanup. This email will include helpful maps, safety details, and other useful information!

All participants must sign a liability waiver, and minor’s waivers should be signed by their parent or guardian. We will have waivers on-site, but to save time we recommend you print, fill out the liability waiver, and bring it with you when you check in with the Site Captain on the day of the cleanup.

Safety Tips

Keep in mind, the air quality in your area may not be safe for outdoor activity. Check air quality by visiting AirNow. And remember… cleaning up the Delta can happen anytime – not just on cleanup day!

  • If interacting with members outside your household make sure to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops or bare feet) at all times, and wear clothing and sun-block to protect from the sun.
  • Don’t touch or pick up dead animals, or attempt to move injured animals.
  • Volunteers should never pick up syringes, needles, or any hazardous objects.
  • Always stay together by working in teams of at least two.
  • Be cautious and aware of sensitive habitat areas. (i.e. wildlife, nest, etc.).
  • Be cautious near the water.
  • Avoid over-exertion, sunburn, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Bring and drink water.
  • Do not lift anything too heavy – when in doubt, don’t try!
  • Do not go near any suspected hazardous materials (e.g., propane tanks, oil or chemical drums, etc.). If debris is spotted that a volunteer suspects to be hazardous or potentially hazardous, the debris should be left untouched and the local fire/hazmat department, environmental health agency or the Coast Guard National Response Center (800-424-8802) should be notified.