The Waterways Keepers “idea-seed” was planted in CanDo's garden 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.
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.
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!
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.