Major Milestone of 10 Tons of Material Removed in Day
By Deb Kramer
The day started like any regular cleanup. We had our Action Team setup the staging area with tools, vests, gloves, and litter sticks. Lue and Ralph put the Zone signs out. Spiros and Ed showed up with the compactor. We had a large crowd of volunteers show up for the cleanup in waves.
Then, the impact of what over 200 volunteers can do together started to become an amazing feat!
Over the course of four hours, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful’s 222 volunteers removed over 10 tons of materialfrom a nearly half mile section of Coyote Creek. It was amazing ! The severe drought this year left a usually wet section of creek dry. The segment from Yerba Buena Road (at Hellyer County Park’s northern edge) northward to nearly Singleton Road was a gold mine of trash that had been underwater for years.
Our wonderful volunteer Vitaly Litvinenko from SJSU created the first video trailer.
Here are few of the things we collected:
City of San Jose’s Ed Ramirez, who is out there with us loading the compactor, said he had not let out the extender of the compactor since the closure of “The Jungle” last December.
Here is the final tally:
10.1 tons of material removed
1947 feet of creek cleaned (about .4 mile)
Sample of materials collected:
286 bags of trash
37 shopping carts
15 pieces of furniture
To see more photos, see our Facebook album.