Local cub scouts and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Congregation Beth Emek joined forces last weekend to tackle trash-ridden Pleasanton arroyos.
The cleanup was organized to be a part of the 25 annual California Coastal Cleanup.
Cub scouts came from Packs 902, 916 and 934. About 200 volunteers helped clean nearly 12 miles of local waterways. The hard-working crews braved triple-digit temperatures to haul 78 tires and 1,330 pounds of garbage from the creeks.
Much of that mess begins as trash on local streets or parking lots and ends up washing down the storm drains, according to cleanup organizers. Clearing the creeks of debris at the end of summer helps prevent pollution and makes sure our local waterways are ready to handle flows for the next season's storms.
The annual California Coastal Cleanup event is sponsored locally by the City of Pleasanton with support from Zone 7 Water Agency, which provides the Livermore-Amador Valley with flood protection and water supply services.