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Creek bank and roadside cleanup adventure Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Creek bank and roadside cleanup adventure Sept. 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


GE Forum partners with the Sonoma Ecology Center to clean Calabazas Creek

By BJ Blanchard

As part of their annual “Coastal Cleanup” campaign, the Sonoma Ecology Center has identified several sites for cleanup along Sonoma and Calabazas Creeks. The projects committee of the Glen Ellen Forum has volunteered to organize the Calabazas Creek efforts, and all are welcome to join the fun.

The Glen Ellen Calabazas Creek crew will have two teams. One squad will concentrate on the Calabasas Creek banks from Arnold Drive Bridge to Warm Springs Road Bridge. Led by an Ecology Center expert/educator, it will include a number of enthusiastic young environmentalists. The second squad will focus on roadside cleanup. Forum members will help organize this contingent, though groups might intermingle. This crew will pick up trash along Arnold to Highway 12, Dunbar Road to Dunbar School, up London Ranch Road to the park kiosk, and along Arnold to the Sonoma Developmental Center, with special emphasis on the entrance to the Sonoma Valley Regional Park and the floodplain area on the opposite side of the creek from the Jack London Village parking lot.

Gather at the Glen Ellen post office parking lot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Participants will divide into teams and spread out from there. Light refreshments will be provided. Consider wearing layers, gloves, comfy walking shoes, and sun protection. Prizes will be awarded for the most unusual artifact found.

COVID protocols apply. The cleanup will be canceled in the event of heavy rain (wouldn’t that be great!).