Copeland Creek cleanup slated Sept. 28
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Young people are encouraged to join the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) in  four community creek days scheduled for the fall and winter.

The first event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, in conjunction with Creek Week – a weeklong celebration of the local creeks. The community service day will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Copeland Creek in Rohnert Park.  This event is co-sponsored by Credo High School, whose students will be participating in the cleanup.

Participants will clean up trash, learn about their watershed and earn community service hours.  This is an excellent opportunity for youth to volunteer in the community and make new friends.  The event will take place in light rain; heavy rain cancels it (if in doubt, call 521-6209 for a recorded message).

“These community service days are a great way to improve our creeks and flood control channels while giving young people an opportunity to earn community service hours,” said David Rabbitt, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisor and the Water Agency Board of Directors.

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps has employed more than 1,200 young people between the ages 14-24 in summer jobs that benefit the environment and the community while providing a paycheck.  The Water Agency’s Stream Maintenance Permit requires that invasive plants that are removed to increase the flood capacity of creeks be replaced with native species that will create shady canopy over the creeks and provide habitat for fish, birds and other animals. The community service days will help the Water Agency meet this requirement.

The location for the cleanup is at Copeland Creek, and those who attend should park at Credo High School, located at 1290 Southwest Blvd. in Rohnert Park. 

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