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21st Street Clean Up set for April 29 

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21st Street in Paso Robles is a pioneering example of a “Green Street”, a street designed to minimize flooding and improve water quality, but it is currently clogged with weeds and sediment.

A cleanup of the eastern portion of 21st Street in Paso Robles will be held on April 29t, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., meeting in front of Gene’s Upholstery.

During storms, water flowing from the mountains west of Paso Robles runs into the Salinas River, picking up dirt, trash and pollutants along the way. The medians in 21st Street are designed to capture that water before it gets into the creek, slowing it down and filtering it out. This decreases flooding and is especially important to improve water quality for the threatened steelhead salmon that live in the Salinas. However, these medians need to be cleaned out and prepped for next winter so they won’t be clogged with sediment and weeds when the next rains come.

This event does occur on a road, so every volunteer will be provided with a safety vest and all tools necessary. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, sunscreen, good shoes, and gloves if they have them. There is plenty of street parking available.

Volunteers should report to the tent in front of Gene’s Upholstery at the start of the event to sign-in. For more information or to signup, look up our 21st Street Clean Up in Paso Robles Facebook event or contact Britta Dornfeld at Britta.Dornfeld@CCC.CA.GOV. This event is sponsored and coordinating by the City of Paso Robles, the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District, and the Watershed Stewards Program.

The mission of the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high-quality scientific practices. A program of the California Conservation Corps, WSP is one of the most productive programs for future employment in natural resources. WSP is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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