Delta Waterway Cleanups

The Conservancy has co-sponsored annual cleanups to educate and promote awareness of the importance of protecting and improving water quality in the Delta. The trash that flows into the Delta is a serious water pollution problem for both humans and wildlife. At the 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 cleanup, volunteers recognize 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.

Five children, some wearing gloves and some holding trash grabbers, smiling at the camera while standing on a pile of grey rocks in the middle of the green grass at the Waterway Cleanup.
A young girl wearing red sunglasses and blue gloves holding up an old plastic soda bottle toward the camera during a Waterway Cleanup.
A family with an adult man, adult woman, and two young boys who are wearing gloves and holding trash grabbers outside next to the "Delta Waterway Cleanup" banner.
An adult woman and a young boy near a creek using trash grabbers to place trash into a large orange plastic trash bag.
Six people, adults and children, standing outside next to a creek using trash grabbers to place trash into large orange plastic trash bags.
Two adult women and a young girl wearing gloves, moving a large old and damaged mattress in the grass at the Waterway Cleanup.

Delta Waterway Cleanup

The arms and hands of volunteers collecting trash into a clear plastic trash bag along the waterline during the Creek Clean Up.

The Delta Protection Commission and the California Coastal Commission host a Delta Waterway Cleanup in September each year, as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day. The Delta Conservancy will participate in sites throughout the Delta.

For more information on the Delta Waterway Cleanup, visit:

Creek Week

A group of 16 people standing outside after the Creek Week Waterway Cleanup. They are shown with two trash cans and 10 large orange trash bags that say "Don't Trash California."
A group from Trinity Consultants helping with the Creek Week Waterway Cleanup

Creek Week, a 30-year tradition in Sacramento County, was re-envisioned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can stay involved by checking the Creek Week website for ways to take action year-round to protect our creeks and rivers. We can all make a difference by practicing random acts of cleanup! Taking action to remove trash from our waterways promotes creek health and benefits our Delta region!

For more information on cleanups or volunteering, contact Hope Miller at (916) 375-2091 or (email link).