Choices We Make

Napa Valley CanDo seeks to inspire and facilitate action by alerting interested Valley residents about opportunities for service. If you participate as a volunteer in an activity that you learned about through Napa Valley CanDo, whether initiated by CanDo or another organization, please take personal responsibility for your involvement. Use common sense. Only you can determine whether the activity is a good fit, that is to say compatible with your interests and abilities.




Litter seems to say “nobody cares.” It attracts more of the same. When we keep our streams, river walks and open wetlands litter-free, they're made safer for wildlife and hikers and more beautiful - naturally.

The Waterways Keepers “idea-seed” was planted when two CanDo volunteers were out one morning bird-watching at Green Island Road. When they found themselves seeing more litter than birds, they switched gears, picked it all up, then decided to keep this new activity going. A small group of nature-loving CanDo volunteers joined the effort. We agreed to put our energy into keeping local creeks and the Napa River clear during the months between the two successful annual clean-ups: Earth Day in April and Creek to Bay in the fall.

The first step was to educate ourselves about who was already doing clean-ups and how we could fill-in where there were gaps. Leif Bryant from the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and Stephanie Turnipseed, Education Coordinator with the Resource and Conservation District, taught us about the challenges, but also about the difference we could make in just an hour or two cleaning along our waterways.

We’ve learned time and again that when people have the opportunity to do hands on volunteering, their love for a place grows. CanDo’s Waterways Keepers show up to clean-up in family-friendly events three times a month, part of a growing movement to educate and advocate for reducing trash in our environment. How? By the simple, physical act of picking up litter and feeling good about instant results.

This is a fun family friendly event.

Join us for one of our monthly clean ups!

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Napa County Resource Conservation District

Promoting responsible watershed management through

voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance since 1945.

Watershed Information Center & Conservancy of Napa County

Established to guide and support community efforts to maintain and improve the health of Napa County’s watershed lands.