SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — This Saturday, Los Gatos Creek is the special focus of National River Clean-Up day in the South Bay. The Santa Clara Valley Water district needs 1,600 volunteers to show up at 45 sites from Palo Alto south to Gilroy to pull trash out of local creeks and rivers.

There are dozens of creeks in the South Bay including Stevens, San Tomas Aquino, Penetentia, and Coyote. With a motto like, ‘Be part of the solution to creek pollution’, volunteers shouldn’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.

Kate Slama a Santa Clara Valley Water District spokeswoman said plastic bags and bottles are major offenders in mucking up the waterways.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“Some of it is intentionally dumped. Most of it comes in off the street, [is] blown in off the street or comes in through the storm-drain system,” said Slama.

Slama advised people interested in the 9 a.m. to noon cleanup to sign up at, and also to find out about future events.

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