by Kate Montgomery
Next cleanup we will join EarthShine in Atascadero, Saturday Feb. 12, 10-noon.
We thought we were done!
By November 2021 Beaver Brigade volunteers had finally removed all the trash we could find from Atascadero’s reach of the Salinas River. And we got it done it before the winter rains. Hooray! This was our goal!
But as we admired the river’s dry wide clean sweeps of natural sand and brush we couldn’t ignore the trash still lurking in the creeks, just waiting for enough rain to be washed down and once again accumulate in our precious riverbed.
So January’s river cleanup day became an Atascadero Creek cleanup day and it was an amazing way to start the new year!
In 3 hours, 15 volunteers filled 75 bags
with all kinds of trash from along the creek banks and under the two bridges that cross the creek before it merges with the Salinas River. It’s a new beginning and will take Beaver Brigade volunteers lots more workdays to clean up. They never seem to tire though and they say they will be back. It’s so very rewarding being associated with these spirited volunteers!
Also we greatly appreciate the Atascadero Mutual Water Company for providing the dumpster (it was five pickup loads)and opening the gates for us on the weekend.
It’s most gratifying to know that this trash won’t be carried to the ocean when the water rises. And that the creek may attract beavers again.
Kate and Fred
Next cleanup we will join EarthShine in Atascadero Saturday Feb. 12 10-noon.
Meet up at the corner of the Sunken Gardens East Mall and el Camino Real.Everyone is welcome. For more information check out Earthshine’s website.