Delta Waterway Cleanups

The Conservancy co-sponsors two annual cleanups to educate and promote awareness of the importance of protecting and improving water quality in the Delta. The trash that finds its way to the Delta is a serious water pollution problem for both humans and wildlife. At Delta Waterway Cleanups, volunteers actively participate in water stewardship practices by cleaning up trash and preventing it from reaching waterways and ultimately, the ocean. Delta Waterway Cleanups provide a personal experience connecting volunteers with the issue of trash pollution. After participating in a Delta Waterway Cleanup, volunteers recognize first-hand the need to reduce the amount of waste we create, recycle and reuse the waste we do create and dispose of waste properly and thoughtfully.

The next Delta Waterway Cleanup is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 as a part of the Sacramento Area Creeks Council. We will be hosting cleanup sites this year at Lower Morrison Creek/Bufferlands and Sherman Island. At this year’s event, the Conservancy will be using Litterati to track and map the trash we find in the Delta. Litterati is a phone app that collects, sorts and maps digital photos of trash found anywhere in the world. This digital landfill allows individuals to contribute to a global trash mapping effort. We invite you to participate and to learn more click here or contact Kathryn Kynett using the contact information at the bottom of the page).

Lower Morrison Creek/Bufferlands: 
The Bufferlands is an important nature area that provides hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat, farmland and open space in a rapidly urbanizing area of California. This site along Morrison Creek is great for families. It’s complete with little challenges for the young ones and bigger challenges for the adults. It’s near Freeport and only 5 minutes from I-5 & and the newly completed Cosumnes River Blvd. The focus of the clean-up will be wildlife hazards, mostly small plastic items. Larger items may be left for a special crew.

Directions  – From Interstate 5, take the Cosumnes River Blvd exit, travel east on Cosumnes River Blvd for approx. 1.7 miles, turn right at signs onto dirt road.  Drive 10 mph and follow signs.

Sherman Island: Help Rio Vista Windsurfer Association and Sherman Island Kiteboarding Organization volunteers clean a 1.6 mile stretch of the Sacramento River along the north side of Sherman Island. Report at 9:00 at “The Sign” where leaders will provide an orientation, facilitate carpooling and assign clean-up spots. Parking is difficult along the river, so volunteers are encouraged to carpool to their assigned spot.  Sturdy shoes and gloves are a must at this site. This site is not suitable for young children because of close proximity to the road and rocky areas.

Directions: From south on West Sherman Island Road, take the left fork immediately southwest of the RV park and follow signs to park. You can use this address for your GPS, but there will not be a physical building on your arrival: 4632 West Sherman Island Road, Rio Vista CA.

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In the spring, the Conservancy hosts waterway cleanup sites as a part of the Sacramento Area Creeks Council “Creek Week”. For information on the spring cleanup, click here.

In the fall, the Conservancy hosts waterway cleanup sites as a part of the California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Cleanup Day. For information on the fall cleanup, click here.

For more information, contact Kathryn Kynett at (916) 376-4022 or by email at

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