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Adopt A Creek

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山谷水在1992年建立了采用A-Creek计划,鼓励圣克拉拉县的居民在帮助保护当地小溪的健康和美丽方面发挥积极作用。谁参与了?多于50 groupsaround the county are involved in the program, but withover 275 miles of creek owned by the district in Santa Clara County,许多领域尚未采用。

Santa Clara Valley Waterways流入旧金山和蒙特里湾,采取所有污染物,碎片和垃圾在上游累积。这给植被,野生动物和人类带来了巨大威胁。此外,超过五十年的不断增长的城市化意味着更多的径流 - 带来更多的垃圾和碎片 - 进入当地的风暴排水沟,其中许多人在我们的小溪中空洞,最终进入海湾。

Think about this: In 2019, 3,236 volunteers picked up more than 99,942 pounds of trash including 6,960 pounds of recyclables in just three hours on National River Cleanup Day and California Coastal Cleanup Day at 93 creek sites around Santa Clara County. That's the equivalent weight of 36 Honda Civics!

在个人和团体的帮助下,我们可以最大限度地减少对水道进行的影响,并使他们造成污染不堪重负。采用A-Creek计划通过确保为加州居民仍然清洁和健康,帮助我们的水道未来健康。

  • 如果你想通过一条小溪,开始很容易。
  • Current Adopt-A-Creek participants can find valuableinformation here.

See the frequently asked questions below or contact our program staff for more information:[电子邮件受保护], (408) 630-2333.

计划要求

The basics
The requirements for adopting a creek are minimal. There are no fees involved and we ask only that you do the following:

  1. 通过一条时间为期两年的时间。许可证有效期为两年。
  2. Contact the[电子邮件受保护]or (408) 630-2333., at least 10 days prior to your scheduled creek cleanup.
  3. Hold a minimum of two creek cleanup days per year for your adopted creek area.
  4. 遵守所有发布的标志和警告。
  5. 审查并遵循您的小溪清理日的安全提示。
  6. Have FUN during your cleanup!

Recommended group size and area to adopt
您可以在您的小组中只有一个或多达100人。这是你的选择。无论您的小组的大小如何,我们建议您每人采用大约100英尺的溪区。

Whom to invite to join your group
We find that each group who adopts a creek is unique in its volunteer membership. Some consist of family members, some include colleagues at a place of work while others are made up of friends and neighbors. Your most important consideration should be to find people who will commit to cleaning your creek twice a year and with whom you'll enjoy spending time.

Limits to adopting a creek
There may be some areas of creek that are not available for adoption due to the following reasons:

  • 您选择的小溪的特定区域已被采用或已被采用或
  • The area of creek you have selected is on private property and the owner has not given permission to access the creek through their property.

In both cases, we will work with you to identify another area similar to your choice that you can adopt.

开始

How can I get started?

Adopting a creek in Santa Clara County is easier than you may think. The program is FREE and requires only two days a year (minimum) out of your time. Here's how it works:

  1. 确认that you would like to adopt and identify the area by city and nearest cross streets. For example, you may choose "Canoas Creek between Blossom Hill Road and Branham Avenue."

    您可以通过电子邮件找到哪些小溪可供采用[电子邮件受保护]or calling the Adopt-A-Creek program at (408) 630-2333. You can alsoviewcreeks by city.

  2. Review program requirements andsafety guidelines.

  3. 下载,填写,并通过电子邮件将采用A-Creek应用程序发送给山谷水[电子邮件受保护]. You may also choose to print and mail your application to our address: 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118-3614, Attn: Adopt-A-Creek Program. If you prefer, we can also mail you an informational packet which includes an application. Call us and we'd be happy to mail one out to you.

  4. The program coordinator will be in touch with you within seven working days of receiving your application to notify you of the availability of your creek selection. If your creek choice is not available, we will recommend another area as close to your home or business as possible.

  5. 得到你的许可证。在处理申请后,我们将通过电子邮件发送允许的许可,允许您和您的团队删除垃圾或涂鸦。我们还将建立一个采用A-Creek标志来识别您的团队。处理许可需要大约2个月。

  6. Schedule your first creek cleanup并提前10天通知水区。这将允许我们确保您的Creek Cleanup中没有预定的维护工作。有三个步骤开始您的第一个清理。

水域将提供垃圾袋,手套和门钥匙(如有必要)来访问您的小溪网站,所有免费。该计划还安排了维护工作人员,在您的清理活动后拿起收集的碎片。

Safety Tips

清理活动的安全提示

  • 在克里克银行周围使用谨慎 - 它们可能是泥泞和滑溜的。

  • DO stay clear of homeless encampments.

  • 始终戴手套。

  • DO be alert for stinging insects and snakes.

  • 留在你的小组或与伙伴一起工作。

  • DO be cautious of poisonous plants like poison oak.

  • DO lift with your legs, not with your back.

  • 用护理处理锋利的物体(玻璃) - 儿童不应该拿起碎玻璃。

  • DO stop work before dusk.

  • DO wear long pants and substantial leather shoes or boots with ankle support.

DO NOT

  • DO NOT go in the water.
  • DO NOT pick up heavy and/or awkward objects such as tires or large pieces of scrap metal — let us pick those items up for you.
  • DO NOT pick up any objects which you suspect may be toxic or hazardous such as hypodermic needles, syringes, chemical drums, bloody clothing, chemicals, suspicious packages, and weapons. Notify the water district at
    1-888-510-5151毒性物质的位置立即。
  • DO NOT pick up dead animals.
  • DO NOT run, throw objects or engage in horseplay.
  • 不要过于过分!休息一下;特别是在温暖,潮湿的日子里喝大量水。
  • DO NOT stomp on bags. Injuries may occur from broken glass or sharp objects.

Corporate Challenge

The Corporate Challenge is a free program that encourages Santa Clara County companies to get involved with their local communities by adopting and cleaning a stretch of creek in Santa Clara County through the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Adopt-A-Creek program.

公司负责每年持有最少两个Creek清理,其员工参加志愿者。

To join the program, a company simply:

  • chooses a section of creek to help clean
  • 用水域注册该计划
  • specifies the days it will perform its cleanup
  • organizes a volunteer party of employees and their friends to participate in the cleanup

水域提供手套和垃圾袋来进行清理,并将拿起所有收集的垃圾和碎片。

企业参与展示他们对社区的承诺,并帮助建立办事处以外的员工之间的关系。

For more information, contact[电子邮件受保护]or (408) 630-2333.

常见问题

Why is Adopt-A-Creek important?
There are more than 800 miles of streams in Santa Clara County that need cleaning. The water district works very hard year round to maintain the health of these creeks, but we can not do it alone. We need the help of citizens like you who act as stewards for the cleanliness of our community and environment throughout the year.


How do I know what creeks are available for adoption?
You can find out which creeks are available for adoption by contacting[电子邮件受保护], (408) 630-2333, or see ourcreeks for adoption page.


Can I choose a creek in any area, or does it have to be specific to my community?
You can choose a creek anywhere in Santa Clara County, as long as it has not been adopted by another group or is not on private property. The areas of creeks that are in most need of adoption are in the Uvas/Llagas and Coyote watersheds near Morgan Hill/Gilroy and East San Jose/Milpitas respectively.


How many people do I need in my group in order to participate?
You can have as little as one or as many as 100 people in your group. The choice is yours. Your most important consideration should be finding people who will commit to cleaning the creek twice a year and with whom you'll enjoy spending time.


How do I get involved in the Adopt-A-Creek program?
Anyone can get involved in the program. See our getting started page for more information. You can download an application or request an application to be sent to you by contacting[电子邮件受保护], (408) 630-2333.


How long am I committed to participating in the program?
您的采用A-Creek许可证有效期为两年。您可以根据需要多次续订许可证,以便继续参与该计划。


How often do I have to clean my creek?
We ask that you designate a minimum of two cleanup days per year for your group, although you can clean your creek as often as you'd like.


What tools do I need?
The water district supplies garbage bags and gloves for your group at no cost for your cleanup day. Please contact the program coordinator before you pick up your supplies at our San Jose warehouse located at 5905 Winfield Boulevard, San Jose.

Will my group be picking up hazardous or dangerous materials?
It is extremely rare for a group to come across toxic or hazardous materials during its cleanup day. If you suspect that a material may be toxic or hazardous, we ask that you do not attempt to remove it. Notify the water district at 1-888-510-5151 or county hazardous material office of suspected toxic substance immediately.


孩子们可以参加吗?
We encourage children to participate in the program with adult supervision. It is a great way to give them ownership of their community and show them how pollution can negatively impact their environment.


Does cleaning a creek two times a year really make an impact?
是的!您的一点努力可以对环境产生巨大影响。你从收养的小溪中拿起的每一块碎片都意味着一件更少的作品,最终将在旧金山或蒙特里湾,威胁人类,鱼类,野生动物和植被。

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