Cleaning Up Napa


Napa County’s involvement in California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) dates back to 1994. On that first CCD,coast_cleanup volunteers worked with City and County staff to clean up a half-mile stretch of Napa Creek through downtown Napa. The first CCD event in Napa generated a few hundred pounds of trash collected by a small but determined group of volunteers. Since then the number of cleanup sites has increased and volunteer numbers have grown to over 500. In recent years, a group of kayakers organize to cleanup trash from the Napa River via boat.

Clean up results from previous five years in Napa County

Volunteers

Trash (lbs)

Recyclables (lbs)

Miles waterway cleaned

Year

422

4,377

2,110

20

2014

337

5804

2737

20.0

2013

587

5743

2297

17

2012

581

7850

3076

16

2011

515

11635

6174

17

2010

Common items found in Napa County:

 

  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Cigarette butts
  • Food packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Fishing gear (line, lures, etc.)

 

The Napa Event is a Team Effort

Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) coordinates the countywide Coastal Cleanup Day event, which is made possible through funding from the Napa County Stormwater Management Program (NCSWMP). NCSWMP is a program coordinated and administered by the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and includes the following member agencies: City of American Canyon, City of Calistoga, City of Napa, City of St. Helena, Town of Yountville, and Napa County. The California Coastal Commission and the Napa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services also provide funding for media outreach.

Site Captains are key to the effort. Each cleanup site had a volunteer site captain or team of site captains who take responsibility for setting up the site, orienting the volunteers to hazards, and collecting data at the end of the cleanup. Many site captains have served in this volunteer roll for over five years. Between 300 and 600 volunteers turn out each year and help collect trash and recyclables.

Napa Recycling and Waste Services, Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling, Recology, and US bureau of Reclamation all pitch in to collect trash and recyclablables at the various sites throughout the County.

Participate in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day:
Saturday, September 19, 9 am-noon

Keep Napa Clean during Coastal Clean-up Day, a statewide effort to clean trash and debris from California’s coast, bays, creeks, rivers, and lakes. There are nine sites in Napa County, including eight along the Napa River and one in and on the shore of Lake Berryessa. Click here for more information

 

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