Volunteer local officials join forces for a major cleanup of San Joses Coyote Creek

Cleanup day at Coyote Creek in San Jose focused on environmental issues, homeless

Major Saturday cleanup along Coyote Creek in San Jose included volunteers, city and county officials, community groups, and other agencies. Elissa Harrington from KTVU reports.

Major Saturday cleanups along heavily polluted Coyote Creek in San Jose included volunteers, city and county officials, community groups and other agencies.

The mission was not only to help the environment, but also to help the unhodged people nearby.

The Valley Water District Homeless Camp Committee was on site while the group cleared a section of Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County’s longest waterway.

The rubbish in the creek is a problem that the pandemic is only making worse.

“Over the past year, the number of people in the waterways and along the creek has increased, creating trash and debris,” said Richard Santos, director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Volunteers picked up bottles, plastic containers, and other debris that covered the stream and its banks.

Valley Water District officials say the creek has been heavily polluted by illegal dumplings and treasures from nearby camps.

The aim was to eliminate these risks to the environment while respecting the people nearby.

“We’re at the intersection of inequalities right now, but we have so many people falling through the cracks,” said Alex Lee, congregation member for District 25.

“We want to be able to clean the streams without harming the people who live by them,” said Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara district director.

Chavez called the cleanup a step in the right direction. The event included public relations for the strangers.

“I know we can accommodate everyone. I know we can have the clearest streams. I know we can live in a place other people want to live,” Chavez said.

Volunteers distributed hot meals, and the City of San Jose exchanged MasterCards for trash bags as part of the City’s Trash For Cash program.

“We know we can’t do this on our own, and that’s why this cleanup is so important. We must all work together to make real impact,” said Tony Estremera, chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

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