Delta Waterway Cleanup

The Delta Waterway Cleanup, part of California Coastal Cleanup Day, is Saturday, September 26, 2020. For safety reasons, there are no large, centrally organized cleanup sites this year. Instead, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Cleaning neighborhoods, local parks, and street gutters helps to protect our Delta waterways and our oceans as trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers both locally and out to the coastline and beyond.

Ready to make a difference?

  1. Register online to help us track participation and make your cleanup count! You can also order trash bags and latex gloves for pickup from our West Sacramento office. You may also register by calling (916) 375-4886.

  2. Follow #DeltaWaterwayCleanup on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  3. Learn more about what you need and how to stay safe by watching this safety video produced by our cleanup friends in Solano County.

  4. Pick a spot in your community to clean up and get your gear ready.

  5. Download the CleanSwell app to keep track of trash data. Learn how to use the app in this video.

  6. After your cleanup, respond to our Delta Waterway Cleanup Reporting Survey to let us know how you did and share your experience on social media by tagging #DeltaWaterwayCleanup or sharing your photos by email to submit@delta.ca.gov.

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 cleaning up 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.

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?

Trash travels down to the ocean via rivers, creeks, storm drains, and sewers. Debris that gets picked up from our waterways is debris that WON’T get swept out to sea where it harms our oceans and wildlife – not to mention cleanups improves our own Delta beaches, parks, and recreation sites.