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Sacramento Picks it Up to Clean Arden Creek July 30-31

Listen: Mark Baker was tired of seeing so much trash in Sacramento he decided to do something himself. He now heads an all-volunteer group called Sacramento Picks it Up.

For additional information, please find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/163602908932101 or email sacramentopicksitup@gmail.com.

Sacramento Picks It Up!, a 100% volunteer group, is sponsoring a two-day trash cleanup in the channel of Arcade Creek from Rio Linda Blvd towards Marysville Blvd in an attempt to begin removing years of accumulated pollution. SPIU’s intent is not simply to clean this small section of creek, but also bring public awareness to the outrageously poor conditions in our waterways and promote much needed action from our governing entities

. In this currently dry one-mile stretch, there are heaps of trash, 63 shopping carts, dozens of tires, mountains of textiles and exponentially more illegally dumped items and encampment trash. In wetter months, this contaminated water flows into the Sacramento River just north of the confluence with the American River and out to the Delta. Both rivers supply 80% of Sacramento’s drinking water. No public agency is responsible for cleaning our shockingly trashed creek channels, leaving concerned citizens to take action. This and other videos on our SPIU YouTube channel show the current deplorable conditions of Arcade Creek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcvaDbnLZiw MEDIA INVITATION FOR SUNDAY, JULY 31st: This two-day event will take place Sat, July 30 and Sun, July 31, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Location: 3200 Rio Linda Blvd, Sacramento, CA (at the bridge over Arcade Creek). Arcade Creek runs a total of 16.2 miles through the region and represents the largest drainage basin of all local creeks. It has also historically provided habitats for fish, including spawning Salmon, and a multitude of other wildlife. NOW legacy trash coats the creek with “bed armor”, literally choking life out of the creek and its wild inhabitants. Salmon have not been spotted there in years. Please also see https://saccreeks.org/know-your-creeks/arcade-creek-history/ and Arcade Creek - Wikipedia.

This event is co-hosted by the Arcade Creek Adopt-a-Creek Project with support from the American River Flood Control District. Sacramento Picks It Up! is a grassroots, volunteer-run clean up group formed in March 2021. Our 1900 members create multiple weekly events in both urban and natural locations. This two-day event is part of SPIU’s “Keep Our Rivers Wild” campaign. For additional information, please find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/163602908932101 or email sacramentopicksitup@gmail.com.


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