Any day is an excellent time to pick up litter! Wind carries litter directly into streams, and rain carries littler to storm drains which empty into our local creeks and then flow into larger bodies of water like our rivers, lagunas, esteros, sloughs, bays, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. Trash and pollutants that enter our creeks, in addition to being unsightly, negatively impact water quality, wildlife, and even flood protection measures.
Luckily we can all take action with simple practices to help prevent trash migration into our creeks and waterways. Here are some tips for picking up litter while walking your dog, hiking or jogging.
- Carry a small trash bag, barrel bag and gloves with you to hold and pick up trash on your walks or runs
- If your typical running or walking route is out-and-back, identify items to pick up on the way out, and then actually pause to pick them all up on the way back. Squats are good for you:)
- Don’t feel that you have to do it every time you go out for a walk or jog. Make it a monthly or weekend tradition.