Planned in parallel with the countywide Coastal Cleanup Day hosted each year by Save Our Shores and the California Coastal Commission, the inland event is intended to collect trash and recyclables that would eventually flow out to the ocean.
“(The River and Road Cleanup) is definitely part of Coastal Cleanup Day,” said Colleen Bednarz, communications coordinator for Save Our Shores. “It’s been a continued partnership.”
Sponsors are the SLV Redemption-Recycling Centers, Valley Women's Club, SLV Water District, Santa Cruz County Public Works and SLV CORE.
“We’re happy to be hosting our event on the same day as Save Our Shores and the Coastal Commission,” said David Wright, the director of SLV Redemption-Recycling Centers. “Coordinating the event creates a good synergy. Stuff that ends up on the coast mostly comes from inland.”
According to Wright, four volunteer base stations are planned throughout the valley — two in Felton and one each in Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.
n In Felton, volunteers can meet with SLV CORE at the Covered Bridge Park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or with the Valley Women’s Club at Rite-Aid between 12 and 3 p.m.
n In Ben Lomond, volunteers will gather at the corner of Fillmore Street and Highway 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
n Boulder Creek volunteers will gather from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the recycling center behind Village Wash & Dry, located at 12890 Highway 9.
Wright said trash bags and latex gloves would be provided, but volunteers should wear easily visible clothing and take their own work gloves.
No official post-event gathering is planned this year, Wright said.
During the 2011 cleanup, Wright said, volunteers pulled 2,600 pounds of trash from Felton roads and waterways, while Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond volunteers accounted for a combined 2,177 pounds.
According to Bednarz, volunteers recovered some 12,475 pounds of trash from across Santa Cruz County – a number than includes the River and Road Cleanup totals.