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Celebrate Creeks to Bay Month

A Different Type of Clean-Up, but the Same Community Spirit

September is Creeks to Bay Month, and we need your help! This year, volunteers from all over California are organizing their own DIY litter clean-ups close to home. So, choose a day (or several!) this month to go out with your household and protect your “happy place” by picking up litter at a local park, on your street and sidewalk, or a favorite trail.

Your actions can make a big difference in our local creeks and the San Francisco Bay. Trash travels from our neighborhoods, parks, streets, and storm drains into our waterways and eventually the ocean. Our watershed is threatened more than ever by trash, including disposable masks, gloves, and take-out packaging littering our streets and parks. Remember, the shore starts at your front door!

Ready to plan your clean-up? Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Download the CleanSwell App to track what you collect. This way your work will be included in the statewide trash count!
  2. Follow Alameda County Public Health Department ordinances and these important safety instructions from the California Coastal Commission. Assemble your own gear – trash bags or buckets, gloves, face mask, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, water, and a trash grabber if you have one.
  3. Choose your location for your clean-up. You could clean-up a nearby park, trail, or the streets around your neighborhood. Wherever you choose, make sure your location allows you to safely socially distance from others.
  4. After your cleanup, dispose of your collected trash in your home garbage cart. Throw away or wash your gloves and wash your hands.

After you have finished your clean-up, post your pictures on Instagram and Facebook using the California Coastal Commission’s “Protect Your Happy Place” filter. Don’t forget to tag @CityofLivermore and use the hashtag #protectyourhappyplace!

If you find something weird, interesting, or funny during your clean-up, take a picture and enter the California Coastal Commission’s Most Unusual Item Contest for a chance to win a prize package!

If you have any questions about how to participate in Creeks to Bay Month, contact Living Arroyos Program Coordinator Joseph Steelman at