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  • Sacramento Picks it Up – Woodlake Trash Dash
    10:00 -12:00
    02/04/2023

    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    Location: Woodlake (1767 Tribute Road)
    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Event Name: SPIU Woodlake Trash Dash

    Join us in the beautiful, more remote Woodlake area of the American River Parkway on Saturday for a couple of hours!
    We’re continuing to clean up mostly abandoned encampment trash that was in the water until the level receded.
    Now all of it—all small items and loose trash—is on the bank, ripe for removing!
    This is an easy-ish 1-3 difficulty level Trash Dash with some paved trail, some dirt trail, a 1/2 mile hike out and 1/2 mi hike back in, and in one area a bit of mud with trash sitting on and in sparse blackberry brambles and other vegetation on uneven ground.
    So nothing crazy but something for everyone.
    We’ll meet with free parking in the parking lot at 1767 Tribute Rd, do our pre-cleanup chat there and head up the levee to the site in a truly lovely part of the Parkway, replete with valley oaks, deer, red wing blackbirds and more!
    BRING: Gloves! Grabbers if you have them, but SPIU will provide them if you don’t have one. A bucket is helpful but we have extras.
    All bags are provided by Sacramento County Parks as well as pick up of our pile
    We’ll have a couple of wagons just in case.
    Some sharps may be discovered, and we have all the gear for proper handling and removal.
    Older kids are welcome on this cleanup, under supervision and in specific areas!
    Waivers will be provided, and high school students can use this towards their community service hours.

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  • Sacramento Picks it Up – Mile Steward River Clean-Up
    09:00 -12:00
    02/05/2023

    Sunday, February 5, 2023
    Location: Creekside Oaks Parking Lot (1780-1740 Creekside Oaks Dr)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Event Name: Mile Steward River Clean-Up (Steelhead Creek)

    Join volunteers from the American River Parkway Foundation for a clean-up along Steelhead Creek near the intersection of Truxel Road and Garden Highway. Volunteers will meet up in the Creekside Oaks parking lot and then walk to Steelhead Creek. The safety briefing and sign-in will take place at 9 a.m. and people will head out by 9:15 a.m. Individuals should wear sturdy shoes, bring their own water and snacks. People are asked to register online by 12 p.m. Friday, February 3 at this website Volunteer Opportunities – American River Parkway Foundation (arpf.org) and to fill, and print, out and bring the volunteer waiver form.

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  • Sacramento Picks it Up – Super Bowl Clean-Up of Arcade Creek
    09:00 -12:00
    02/12/2023

    Sunday, February 12, 2023
    Location: Tempo Park (13125 Fair Oaks Blvd, Citrus Heights)
    Time: 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Difficulty Level: 2 – 5
    Event Name: Super Bowl Clean-Up of Arcade Creek

    Before the Big Game join fellow SPIU volunteers as they show some love to Arcade Creek along Tempo Park in the Sunrise area. While still having time to watch the game.
    This stretch of the creek does have water in it, though most of it is shallow enough for boots — with a few short sections that will need waders. If you have a shovel, cultivator or hay hook please bring them. There are plenty of spots of ingress and egress that are not that difficult into Arcade Creek.
    During a scouting mission there was discovered shopping carts, parts of tires, and plenty of semi-buried textiles in the creek itself. There was also plenty of trash along the top of the creek — bottles, cups, cans, etc. — for those not wishing to get into the creek.
    Difficulty level is 3 – 5. We will meet in the first, lower, parking lot and begin near Fair Oaks Blvd and work our way downstream.
    This is a beautiful park and it deserves to be clean before this trash washes further down Arcade Creek and into the Sacramento River. I will post some photos of the trash I saw on the scouting trip.

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  • Sacramento Picks it Up – American River Clean-Up with Wayne
    15:00 -17:00
    02/25/2023

    Saturday, February 25, 2023
    Location: 2111 Northrop Ave
    Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Difficulty Level: 3 – 5
    Event Name: American River Clean-Up with Wayne

    This cleanup will be co-hosted by Wayne Watts, a long time American River Parkway hero. In fact, Wayne recently received a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty’s office for his amazing 37 years of dedicated stewardship to the parkway. He has invited us all to his cleanup.
    Wayne needs help cleaning some of the trashiest areas of his adopted section. Much of the area was recently flooded and now there are many abandoned camps littering the area.
    This is a moderate level cleanup with plenty of easy areas nearby.

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