About Us

The Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership (SSQP) is a multi-jurisdictional
program made up of Sacramento County and the incorporated cities of Sacramento,
Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, and Rancho Cordova, educating and
encouraging the community to protect local waterways from the impacts of urban
run-off, which flows untreated from storm drains to creeks, streams and rivers.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rain that flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. In urban areas less rain is able to infiltrate into the ground, thus creating urban runoff and picking up pollutants along the way. Stormwater carries pollutants such as trash, pet waste, and garden chemicals into nearby storm drains, which eventually flows into waterways untreated. This harms the quality of our waterways.

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Ways to Protect Water

We need your help to protect our local waters!

Water pollution primarily comes from residents and you
are the most important solution to stormwater pollution.
Learn how you can help prevent stormwater pollution
and improve our community.

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Mercury

Mercury is very toxic to people and wildlife, and some of its uses have resulted in widespread contamination of the environment. Let’s work together to protect and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout the community for our enjoyment now…and for our children’s enjoyment in the future.

Stop pollution at the source:

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Mercury

Pesticides

Using less or non-toxic alternatives in your garden is important for a healthy garden, the beneficial bugs, our waterways, and our ecosystem. Let’s work together to protect and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout the community for our enjoyment now…and for our children’s enjoyment in the future.

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Pesticides

Pet Waste

When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by stormwater runoff and washed into storm drains then directly to the river without being treated. Let’s work together to protect and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout the community for our enjoyment now…and for our children’s enjoyment in the future.

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Pet Waste

Trash

Litter from sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and nature areas eventually find its way into our rivers. Let’s work together to protect and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout the community for our enjoyment now…and for our children’s enjoyment in the future.

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Events Calendar

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  • ARPF – Native Plant Garden Day
    09:30 -12:00
    04/03/2024

    Join us on April 3rd for a groovy garden workday! We’ll be:
    * Laying down a fresh layer of mulch.
    * Yankin’ those pesky weeds and giving the good plants room to shine 
    It’ll be a fantastic way to spend a day, get some exercise, and help beautify the garden for everyone to enjoy!
    All ages welcome! Head over to our website to sign up and be a part of the garden crew!
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  • RCWA – Discovery Park Woodlands Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/04/2024

    Discovery Park might still be closed, so we will meet at the Jibboom Street entrance before 9am. The gate will be closed behind us. Please be on time and plan to stay for the entire 3 hours.
    We will park in the Archery range parking lot. Parking passes will be available there.
    We have been here many times before, and it is trashed again. There are many trashy areas for us to choose from. This will be an easy hike with lots of trash. Something for everyone in this beautiful section of the river. RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Ali’s Friday Arcade Crk Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/05/2024

    This series of cleanups are being made possible by a Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant awarded by the Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program. We would like to sincerely thank the County for funds needed to keep our volunteers properly equipped.
    We will continue to partner with Arcade Creek – Adopt A Creek Project to focus on another infamously trashed stretch of this 16.2 mile creek. We will meet at the same apartment complex, but will change directions and work downstream towards Keoncrest Circle where we performed numerous cleanups last year.
    This time we will switch gears and park in the SOUTHERN most parking lot in the Hidden Oaks Apartment Complex, gear up, and walk to Arcade Creek. Please arrive on time as the complex is fairly expansive and the route to our meeting spot could be confusing.
    Please bring water and only do what you are comfortable doing. As always, you can leave whenever you want or need.
    This cleanup will have some challenging access spots into the creek and may require a rope to get into the channel, however, there are some flat spots as well for easy pickin’.
    The event will range in difficulty from moderate to hard and may not be suitable for children under the age of 16. There will be something for almost everyone as we will be cleaning in the creek and up above, on land.
    We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy WATERPROOF footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. There will be water in the creek, fairly deep in a few spots. Participants will be required to wear rain boots or waders if they intend to get into the water. The water is quite chilly this time of year. Entry into any waters is always optional.
    As with all events shared on our Page, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!, as Bill Templin says. Thank you! 
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
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  • RCWA – Arcade Creek “Early Earth Day” Cleanup at SHA
    09:00 -12:00
    04/06/2024

    [Meeting Spot is Sacramento Horsemen’s Association, 3200 Longview Dr, Sacramento, CA 9582]
    In early observance of this year’s Earth Day activities, RCWA is partnering with the City of Sacramento, Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project and the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association to clean Arcade Creek through Del Paso Regional Park. This promises to be another fantastic event you will not want to miss!
    This area is full of natural filters that have stopped a substantial amount of trash from being swept downstream and into the Delta and beyond. But that leaves a lot of cleanup work to rid this beautiful parkway of the resulting debris fields of trash.
    This event will range in difficulty from easy to difficult, with some pretty easy pickins’ around the flat grassy parkway.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. Recommended (but not required): rain boots or waders – there will be water in the creek.
    As with all events shared by RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin always says!
    Thank you!
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
  • Elk Grove Anti-Trash – Amundson Park Plus Creek Area
    09:00 -10:45
    04/06/2024

    Join EGAT for another park perimeter cleanup now that a lot of the shrubs got trimmed.
    We will also head north to the channel and hopefully west along Strawberry Creek.
    Something for everyone 
    Elk Grove is worth the work!
    New to cleanups? Please arrive early to get signed in and get gear. If you have supplies, please bring your own gloves, buckets, bags, but we have items for you. Buckets, gloves, grabbers, vests, bags.
    Please wear appropriate clothing, boots 🥾 or closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring your own water.
    All cleanups are done at your own risk, but safety first! Our trash safety talk starts promptly at 9:00 am.
    See you soon!!
    Let’s Clean Elk Grove together!
  • ARPF – Discovering Invasive Plants
    10:00
    04/06/2024
    Join us as Spring kicks off! Learn how non-native plants like Yellow Star Thistles affect the American River Parkway.
    Test your knowledge with the Web of Life game and discover how we can all be parkway protectors!
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  • RCWA – Arcade Crk Cleanup at Norwood (9.0)
    09:00 -12:00
    04/07/2024

    Our apologies, but this will be an 18 and Over Event due to numerous active encampments in the area.
    We will continue to remove piles of trash in this stretch of Arcade Creek. This event will be conducted in coordination with the folks at Forensiclean who have graciously agreed to haul off all of the trash and encampment debris collected from this area!
    Sturdy, waterproof boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Folks desiring to enter the creek will need hip or chest waders. This will be an easy to difficult level event with uneven terrain.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, cultivators, rakes and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Steelhead Creek Weekly
    09:00 -12:00
    04/10/2024

    CHANGE OF LOCATION
    We will be meeting at Discovery Park Archery Range. Parking passes will be available.
    We are continuing our work with Friends of Steelhead Creek stewards Dr. Roland Brady and Crystal Tobias to clean this poor, trashed creek. We will be working along the Garden Hwy bank of Steelhead Creek. A year ago, a trash dumpster floated away from Discovery Park before the Sol Blume concert. It sat, hidden in bramble, until the levee was cleared of all brush. Of course the crew that cleared the brush don’t get paid to remove trash. We have tried to get others to remove the dumpster, but there it still sits. Our goal is to muscle the dumpster up the hill and fill it with trash, so the dumpster company, Republic Services, will finally haul it away. We need lots of help, because there is plenty of loose trash to pickup all around this area.
    Please come out and help with this project. We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, gloves, and hats – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. Entry into the water is always optional.
    AGE LIMIT: This event is not suitable for minors under 16 years old. Minors older than 16 are invited, but must be supervised by a responsible adult.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun, and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin always says!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Discovery Park Woodlands Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/11/2024

    Discovery Park is open again. We will park in the Archery range parking lot. Parking passes will be available there.
    We have been here many times before, and it is trashed again. There are many trashy areas for us to choose from. This will be an easy hike with lots of trash. Something for everyone in this beautiful section of the river. RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Ali’s Friday Arcade Crk Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/12/2024

    This series of cleanups are being made possible by a Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant awarded by the Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program. We would like to sincerely thank the County for funds needed to keep our volunteers properly equipped.
    We will continue to partner with Arcade Creek – Adopt A Creek Project to focus on another infamously trashed stretch of this 16.2 mile creek. We will meet at the same apartment complex, and will continue to work downstream towards Keoncrest Circle where we performed numerous cleanups last year.
    We will park in the SOUTHERN most parking lot in the Hidden Oaks Apartment Complex, gear up, and walk to Arcade Creek. Please arrive on time as the complex is fairly expansive and the route to our meeting spot could be confusing.
    Please bring water and only do what you are comfortable doing. As always, you can leave whenever you want or need.
    This cleanup will have some challenging access spots into the creek and may require a rope to get into the channel, however, there are some flat spots as well for easy pickin’.
    The event will range in difficulty from moderate to hard and may not be suitable for children under the age of 16. There will be something for almost everyone as we will be cleaning in the creek and up above, on land.
    We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy WATERPROOF footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. There will be water in the creek, fairly deep in a few spots. Participants will be required to wear rain boots or waders if they intend to get into the water. The water is quite chilly this time of year. Entry into any waters is always optional.
    As with all events shared on our Page, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!, as Bill Templin says. Thank you! 
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
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  • RCWA – Arcade Crk Cleanup @ Norwood (10.0)
    09:00 -12:00
    04/13/2024

    Our apologies, but this will be an 18 and Over Event due to numerous active encampments in the area.
    We will continue to remove piles of trash in this stretch of Arcade Creek. This event will be conducted in coordination with the folks at Forensiclean who have graciously agreed to haul off all of the trash and encampment debris collected from this area!
    Sturdy, waterproof boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Folks desiring to enter the creek will need hip or chest waders. This will be an easy to difficult level event with uneven terrain.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, cultivators, rakes and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
  • ARPF- Spring Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/13/2024

    American River Parkway Foundation: Whether you’re an individual, group, family, corporation, or high school student, we welcome you to come together and make a difference. Let’s keep our Parkway clean and beautiful!

     

    * Spring Clean-Up is weather and water level dependent and will only be held if conditions are safe for volunteers. If the event is canceled, those who have registered will be notified at least 24 hours in advance.

     

    Are you interested in becoming a Site Captain? We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to lead locations by picking necessary supplies beforehand, making sure everything runs smoothly on the day of the event, and returning waivers and event numbers to our ARPF staff afterward. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy doing, we’d love to have you on board as a Site Captain!   

    Please email us at: volunteer@arpf.org or call us at (916) 486-2273

     

    Do you have more than 20 members in your group?

    Please email us at volunteer@arpf.org or call us at (916) 486-2273

     

    Registers to volunteer by clicking on your desired volunteer location:

    *Age Restrictions 

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  • RCWA – Discovery Park Woodlands Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/14/2024

    We will park in the Archery range parking lot. Parking passes will be available there. (If the park is still closed we will meet at Jabboom Street entrance).
    We will continue cleaning where we left off last time. We will be cleaning trails and camps that have previously been cleared by County staff. Lots of smalls and trash hidding in bramble. This will be an easy hike with lots of trash. Something for everyone in this beautiful section of the river. RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Discovery Park Woodlands Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/17/2024

    Discovery Park is open again. We will park in the Archery range parking lot. Parking passes will be available there.
    We have been here many times before, and it is trashed again. There are many trashy areas for us to choose from. This will be an easy hike with lots of trash. Something for everyone in this beautiful section of the river. RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • RCWA – Steelhead Creek Weekly Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/18/2024

    We will be working with a new contractor, paid for by the County of Sacramento. RCWA will be showing them how we do it. No one cleans creeks like us. Come out and show the “pros” how it is done. This large county contract could be a game changer for our creeks.
    Be a part of history and join us.
    We are continuing our work with Friends of Steelhead Creek stewards Dr. Roland Brady and Crystal Tobias to clean this poor, trashed creek.
    We will meet at the southwest levee gate of Steelhead Creek at West El Camino, near where we have met before. We will then park nearby on the levee.
    Please come out and help with this project. We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy footwear, grabbers, buckets, gloves, and hats – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. Entry into the water is always optional.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun, and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin always says!
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
  • UC IPM – Webinar Mosquitoes & Ticks of Public Health Concern
    12:00 -13:00
    04/18/2024

    Mosquitoes and ticks are important vectors that can spread diseases and threaten public health. In this webinar you will learn about the health risks these pests pose, how you can manage them and protect yourself, and how Mosquito & Vector Control Districts in California are preparing for new threats like invasive mosquitoes.

    https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucipm-community-webinars/

  • SVC- Grassland Birds and Conservation Ranching
    18:00 -20:00
    04/18/2024

    Sacramento Valley Conservancy

    Environmental Speaker Series at Camp Pollock

    Camp Pollock Speaker Series Presents
    *BONUS DATE*
    Grassland Birds and Conservation Ranching
    Thursday, April 18th 6pm-8pm
    Guest Speakers: Shana Risby and Jenna Inouye of Audubon California Conservation Ranching Program.
    Join us for this bonus speaker series edition as we explore from a bird’s eye view how conservation ranching can be used as a tool in stabilizing the decline of grassland bird populations throughout California.
    Western Meadowlark photo courtesy of Evan Barrientos.
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  • RCWA – Ali’s Arcade Creek Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/19/2024

    This series of cleanups are being made possible by a Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant awarded by the Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program. We would like to sincerely thank the County for funds needed to keep our volunteers properly equipped.
    We will continue to partner with Arcade Creek – Adopt A Creek Project to focus on another infamously trashed stretch of this 16.2 mile creek. We will meet at the same apartment complex, and will continue to work downstream towards Keoncrest Circle where we performed numerous cleanups last year.
    We will park in the SOUTHERN most parking lot in the Hidden Oaks Apartment Complex, gear up, and walk to Arcade Creek. Please arrive on time as the complex is fairly expansive and the route to our meeting spot could be confusing.
    Please bring water and only do what you are comfortable doing. As always, you can leave whenever you want or need.
    This cleanup will have some challenging access spots into the creek and may require a rope to get into the channel, however, there are some flat spots as well for easy pickin’.
    The event will range in difficulty from moderate to hard and may not be suitable for children under the age of 16. There will be something for almost everyone as we will be cleaning in the creek and up above, on land.
    We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy WATERPROOF footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. There will be water in the creek, fairly deep in a few spots. Participants will be required to wear rain boots or waders if they intend to get into the water. The water is quite chilly this time of year. Entry into any waters is always optional.
    As with all events shared on our Page, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!, as Bill Templin says. Thank you! 
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
  • Clean CA – North Sacramento Clean Up
    16:00 -20:00
    04/19/2024

    Hello community members!

    Hmong Youth and Parents United wants to invite all community members for a neighborhood clean up in North Sacramento on April 19th, 2024 from 4 pm – 8 pm. Our Youth Mentorship Circle: Neighborhood Improvement have been cleaning the neighborhood for 3 months and will be leading teams into the neighborhood to cleanup and conduct 311 reports.

    *Please note that all participants must submit their own registration form.*
    Date: Friday, April 19th, 2024
    Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Meet Up Location: HOPE Center 631 Eleanor Ave, Sacramento CA 95815
    Tentative Agenda: 

    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

                      Meet Up at the HOPE Center

                      Volunteer Check-in

    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

                     Announcements and Recognition

                     Safety Briefing

                     Route overview and 311 Reports

    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

                    Groups prepare to set out clean up route

    6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

                    Groups meet at halfway point for snack and water break.

                    Loop back, clean other side of the street, and return to HOPE Center.

    7:45 pm – 8:00 pm

                       Weigh Trash Bags

                       Group Photo

    For questions or concern, please email at douagee.cheng@hypu.org or call (916) 418-4016.
    This event is in partnership with the City of Sacramento’s Measure U and the Governor’s Clean CA initiative.
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  • RCWA – Arcade Creek Cleanup at Norwood (11.0)
    09:00 -12:00
    04/20/2024

    Our apologies, but this will be an 18 and Over Event due to numerous active encampments in the area.
    We will continue to remove piles of trash in this stretch of Arcade Creek. This event will be conducted in coordination with the folks at Forensiclean who have graciously agreed to haul off all of the trash and encampment debris collected from this area!
    Sturdy, waterproof boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Folks desiring to enter the creek will need hip or chest waders. This will be an easy to difficult level event with uneven terrain.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, cultivators, rakes and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
  • Elk Grove Anti-Trash – Camden Lakes, Floodplains & More!
    09:00 -12:00
    04/20/2024

    By water   and shore, let’s get the trash out of Camden Lakes, the nearby floodplains, Laguna Creek and part of Whitehouse Creek!
    We need kayak folks who will receive permission to pluck trash from the lakes, and we will need shore teams to help them hoist trash out of their boats.
    We will also have separate crews for cleaning the open spaces at Underwood Park and other sites nearby.
    We will need leaders to help with Whitehouse Creek cleanup as well.
    This cleanup involves easy to moderate levels, with some necessity for mud boots should anybody be in or near shorelines, or in Whitehouse Creek.
    Check in early at Camden Lake Way adjacent to the lake, nearest address across from our staging area is 9139 Camden Lake Way.
    This event may run past the 2 hour timeframe because sometimes we don’t want to stop 😊
    New to cleanups? Please arrive early to get signed in and get gear. If you have supplies, please bring your own gloves, buckets, bags, but we have items for you. Buckets, gloves, grabbers, vests, bags.
    Please wear appropriate clothing, boots 🥾 or closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring your own water.
    All cleanups are done at your own risk, but safety first! Our trash safety talk starts promptly at 9:00 am.
    See you soon!!
    Let’s Clean Elk Grove together!
  • ARPF – Earth Day Clean-Up
    10:00
    04/20/2024

    Join us for a collaborative Clean-Up Extravaganza with the River District on Saturday, April 20th, in honor of Earth Day!
    Here’s the plan:
    Arrive by 9:50am to sign in and get prepped with all the cleaning tools.
    We’ll convene for a quick safety briefing, and then at 10:10am sharp, it’s trash-busting time! ️
    Together, we’ll Pick up litter and debris from the Parkway
    Why Join?
    Be a Force for Good: Give back to your community and celebrate Earth Day by making a positive impact. 
    Fresh Air & Fun: Enjoy the outdoors with fellow eco-warriors who share your passion for our planet. ☀️
    Perfect for All Ages: This is a mission for everyone! Bring your family and friends to make a difference together. ‍‍‍
    Sign up now on our website and join the Clean-Up Extravaganza!
  • Earth Day Festival – City of Folsom
    11:00 -13:00
    04/20/2024

    Join the City of Folsom for our first Earth Day celebration! This free, family-friendly event brings the community together through volunteerism, fun activities, and inspiring exhibits that raise environmental awareness. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our vibrant city and get involved by volunteering and learning about solutions to address environmental concerns in our community.

    The event will begin with volunteer opportunities followed by an informational and fun festival near City Hall. Earth Day is a worldwide annual celebration dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation for the planet’s environment and advocating for environmental protection.

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    • RCWA - Arcade Creek Cleanup at Norwood (11.0)
      09:00 -12:00
      04/20/2024
      Our apologies, but this will be an 18 and Over Event due to numerous active encampments in the area.
      We will continue to remove piles of trash in this stretch of Arcade Creek. This event will be conducted in coordination with the folks at Forensiclean who have graciously agreed to haul off all of the trash and encampment debris collected from this area!
      Sturdy, waterproof boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Folks desiring to enter the creek will need hip or chest waders. This will be an easy to difficult level event with uneven terrain.
      RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, cultivators, rakes and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
      As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
      Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
      Thank you!
      River City Waterway Alliance
      “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
      Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
    • Elk Grove Anti-Trash - Camden Lakes, Floodplains & More!
      09:00 -12:00
      04/20/2024
      By water   and shore, let’s get the trash out of Camden Lakes, the nearby floodplains, Laguna Creek and part of Whitehouse Creek!
      We need kayak folks who will receive permission to pluck trash from the lakes, and we will need shore teams to help them hoist trash out of their boats.
      We will also have separate crews for cleaning the open spaces at Underwood Park and other sites nearby.
      We will need leaders to help with Whitehouse Creek cleanup as well.
      This cleanup involves easy to moderate levels, with some necessity for mud boots should anybody be in or near shorelines, or in Whitehouse Creek.
      Check in early at Camden Lake Way adjacent to the lake, nearest address across from our staging area is 9139 Camden Lake Way.
      This event may run past the 2 hour timeframe because sometimes we don’t want to stop 😊
      New to cleanups? Please arrive early to get signed in and get gear. If you have supplies, please bring your own gloves, buckets, bags, but we have items for you. Buckets, gloves, grabbers, vests, bags.
      Please wear appropriate clothing, boots 🥾 or closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring your own water.
      All cleanups are done at your own risk, but safety first! Our trash safety talk starts promptly at 9:00 am.
      See you soon!!
      Let’s Clean Elk Grove together!
    • ARPF - Earth Day Clean-Up
      10:00
      04/20/2024
      Join us for a collaborative Clean-Up Extravaganza with the River District on Saturday, April 20th, in honor of Earth Day!
      Here’s the plan:
      Arrive by 9:50am to sign in and get prepped with all the cleaning tools.
      We’ll convene for a quick safety briefing, and then at 10:10am sharp, it’s trash-busting time! ️
      Together, we’ll Pick up litter and debris from the Parkway
      Why Join?
      Be a Force for Good: Give back to your community and celebrate Earth Day by making a positive impact. 
      Fresh Air & Fun: Enjoy the outdoors with fellow eco-warriors who share your passion for our planet. ☀️
      Perfect for All Ages: This is a mission for everyone! Bring your family and friends to make a difference together. ‍‍‍
      Sign up now on our website and join the Clean-Up Extravaganza!
    • Earth Day Festival - City of Folsom
      11:00 -13:00
      04/20/2024

      Join the City of Folsom for our first Earth Day celebration! This free, family-friendly event brings the community together through volunteerism, fun activities, and inspiring exhibits that raise environmental awareness. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our vibrant city and get involved by volunteering and learning about solutions to address environmental concerns in our community.

      The event will begin with volunteer opportunities followed by an informational and fun festival near City Hall. Earth Day is a worldwide annual celebration dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation for the planet’s environment and advocating for environmental protection.

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  • RCWA – Arcade Creek Collaborative Cleanup @ DPRP
    09:00 -12:00
    04/21/2024

    [Meeting Spot is Harry Renfree Baseball Field at the Corner of Auburn Blvd and Bridge Road]
    In furtherance of our commitment to Earth Day 2024, RCWA is partnering with Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project, Arcadis U.S. and the City of Sacramento to clean Arcade Creek through Del Paso Regional Park.
    Having completed the heavy cleaning of this beautiful one mile stretch of Arcade Creek over the past couple of years, we’re gonna perform a post-rain “maintenance mode” cleanup to grab new trash washed downstream over the winter. This area is full of natural filters that have stopped a substantial amount of trash from being swept downstream and into the Delta and beyond. But that leaves a lot of cleanup work to rid this beautiful park of the resulting debris fields of trash.
    This event will range in difficulty from easy to difficult, with some easy pickins’ around the flat grassy parkway. We anticipate there will be water in the channel. Depending on the depth, hip or chest waders may be required to enter the creek.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy, waterproof footwear, grabbers, buckets and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. Recommended (but not required): rain boots or waders – there is water in the creek, though it can be avoided if you choose not to enter the channel.
    As with all events shared by RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin always says!
    Thank you!
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
  • Elk Grove Anti-Trash – Elk Grove Creek Laguna Springs to N. Longleaf Basin
    10:00 -12:00
    04/21/2024

    A very special Earth Day event with our friends from Starbucks.
    Join us as we tackle Elk Grove Creek, Trail, and basins from east of Laguna Springs all the way to the basin next to Leatherby‘s.
    We are grateful for our friends at the Starbucks in the target shopping center. Evona, the store manager, has rallied many of the area managers to join this cleanup. It will require boots, patience and perseverance since we will be working in grass, mud, and maybe water.
    Elk Grove is worth the work!
    New to cleanups? Please arrive early to get signed in and get gear. If you have supplies, please bring your own gloves, buckets, bags, but we have items for you. Buckets, gloves, grabbers, vests, bags.
    Please wear appropriate clothing, boots   or closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring your own water.
    All cleanups are done at your own risk, but safety first! Our trash safety talk starts promptly at 9:00 am.
    See you soon!!
    Let’s Clean Elk Grove together!
  • Sacramento Earth Day
    11:00 -16:00
    04/21/2024

    Sacramento Earth Day is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region. Join us on April 21, 2024 at Southside Park in Sacramento, for a free, family-friendly event, with opportunities to learn and network about sustainability. We will have over 100 exhibitors and vendors, and hundreds of attendees.

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  • ARPF – Trail Maintenance Tuesday
    09:00 -12:00
    04/23/2024

    LOCATION: El Manto River Access
    Details:
    We’re whipping the Parkway into shape and need your help!
    Join us for a morning of Trail Taming on the Parkway! We’ll wield clippers, wrangle branches, and rake our way to a beautiful trail for all to enjoy.
    Here’s what awaits:
    Trim back those sneaky, low-hanging limbs 
    Wrestle fallen branches to the ground (don’t worry, we’ll work together!)
    Tame the tall grass with a satisfying weed-whack
    Rake the equestrian/hiking trail for a smooth ride (or walk!)
    The Adventure Begins at Sunrise Recreation Area!
    Assemble: Arrive before 8:45 am to sign in and grab a safety briefing. We’ll be off by 9:00 am! ⏰
    **We’ll provide the tools and snacks. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and love for the outdoors! ** ALL AGES WELCOME **
    Can’t wait to see you there! Become a Trail Hero! 
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  • RCWA – Arcade Creek @ Norwood (12.0) with ARFCD
    09:00 -12:00
    04/24/2024

    Our apologies, but this will be an 18 and Over Event due to numerous active encampments in the area.
    We will continue removing the piles of trash in this stretch of Arcade Creek in this area. This event will be conducted in coordination with the folks at American River Flood Control District who have graciously agreed to haul off all of the trash and encampment debris collected during this event!
    Sturdy, waterproof boots, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Folks desiring to enter the creek will need hip or chest waders. This will be an easy to difficult level event with uneven terrain.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, cultivators, rakes and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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  • ARPF – Invasive Plant Patrol Meet Up
    09:00 -12:00
    04/25/2024

     Ready to tackle those pesky weeds? Join our Invasive Plant Patrol on April 25th, and let’s show those invaders who’s boss! We’ll be pulling Spanish and French Broom so grab your friends, coworkers, and family, and let’s pull together for a day of environmental stewardship on the Parkway! 🌱✨

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  • RCWA – Ali’s Friday Arcade Crk Cleanup
    09:00 -12:00
    04/26/2024

    This series of cleanups are being made possible by a Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant awarded by the Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program. We would like to sincerely thank the County for funds needed to keep our volunteers properly equipped.
    We will continue to partner with Arcade Creek – Adopt A Creek Project to focus on another infamously trashed stretch of this 16.2 mile creek. We will meet at the same apartment complex, and will continue to work downstream towards Keoncrest Circle where we performed numerous cleanups last year.
    We will park in the SOUTHERN most parking lot in the Hidden Oaks Apartment Complex, gear up, and walk to Arcade Creek. Please arrive on time as the complex is fairly expansive and the route to our meeting spot could be confusing.
    Please bring water and only do what you are comfortable doing. As always, you can leave whenever you want or need.
    This cleanup will have some challenging access spots into the creek and may require a rope to get into the channel, however, there are some flat spots as well for easy pickin’.
    The event will range in difficulty from moderate to hard and may not be suitable for children under the age of 16. There will be something for almost everyone as we will be cleaning in the creek and up above, on land.
    We will provide bags, but please bring along your sturdy WATERPROOF footwear, grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available. There will be water in the creek, fairly deep in a few spots. Participants will be required to wear rain boots or waders if they intend to get into the water. The water is quite chilly this time of year. Entry into any waters is always optional.
    As with all events shared on our Page, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose”!, as Bill Templin says. Thank you! 
    Arcade Creek Adopt-A-Creek Project
    https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCreekAACP
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  • RCWA – Magpie Creek @ McClellan AFB
    08:30 -12:00
    04/27/2024
    We are really excited about this event and about co-hosting with another great waterway group, the Dry Creek Conservancy.
    VOLUNTEERS WILL MEET AT 8:30 at the Groundwater Treatment Plant on 4934 Patrol Road for a safety briefing. Work begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at noon. Afterwards, the Air Force will provide a free barbecue lunch back at the staging area. The McClellan cleanup team will share insights about the operation of their new plant and ongoing cleanup efforts.
    There will be other volunteers in other areas, but we Badgers will work on a nice 1500-ft reach of Magpie Creek in a very pretty nature preserve area. Willows line the banks and the water is clear. There are several beaver dams nearby. The terrain is flat and easily walkable. The creek is in fairly good condition with only moderate trash; no camps, no shopping carts, mattresses or tires (yayy!). Part of our crew will start by cleaning a trash rack while others will wade the creek towing the Minnow, removing trash from the bank and bed. The haul up the 6-foot bank is easy. We will not have to dispose of the trash.
    Bring your usual cleanup gear including waders as most of our work will be in the water. Don’t forget to bring drinking water, sunscreen, gloves, hat, and a sense of humor.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
  • Super Science – Kids Day at Hagan Community Park
    11:00 -15:00
    04/27/2024

    Kids Day is a festival geared to families of small children. A fun day of activities for small children and their families, it is also a health and resources fair with providers on hand to engage parents and provide information. Target group is children 12 and younger and their parents. Kids Day has been a favorite Rancho Cordova special event for more than three decades. Calling all young Einsteins! Strap on your goggles and strap in for fun on an adventure inside a mad scientist-themed playground.

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  • RCWA – Bannon Island Anniversary Cleanup 33
    09:00 -12:00
    04/28/2024

    This cleanup will celebrate the 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of our first Bannon Island Cleanup back on April 28, 2023. After 33 cleanups and the removal of over 140,000 pounds of trash and encampment debris, we are returning to enjoy the fruits of our labor and continue this marvelous journey that our fierce Parkway Leader Mark Baker has led us on.
    We will meet at 2150 Gateway Oaks due to possible muddy/wet road conditions, but might also be able to carpool over to a closer spot upon arrival.
    Sturdy shoes/boots and long sleeves and long pants are recommended because of thick bramble and poison oak. This will be a medium level event with a moderate walk.
    RCWA will provide bags, but please bring along your grabbers, buckets, and gloves – a limited number of loaner buckets and grabbers may be available.
    As with all events shared on RCWA, participation is performed solely at your own risk. Please place safety FIRST and do only what you feel comfortable doing. Moreover, participants will be required to sign a Release and Waiver form if they have not done so previously.
    Overall, be safe, have fun and get some “Exercise with a Purpose” as Bill Templin says.
    Thank you!
    River City Waterway Alliance
    “Restoring & Protecting Our Waterways”
    Instagram @RiverCityWaterwayAlliance
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Pet waste is a significant, yet preventable, water pollutant. Please clean up after your pet!

Not all bugs are bad! Learn how
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Landscape and Nursery Expo

Businesses from all around participate in this annual event. Residents can learn various landscape techniques as well as purchase supplies, equipment, and attend educational seminars.

Tuesday, May 3

For More Information

Contact the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership at

ssqpinfo@cityofsacramento.org
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