Volunteers dragged at least three shopping carts out of Marsh Creek during Saturday's clean-up
Michele Castano and her kids, Cameron (red shirt), Celine (green shirt) and Camille found a scooter in the weeds of Marsh Creek. The family has been participaing in Coast Cleanup Day at Marsh Creek since 2005. Photo by Rick Lemyre
MacKenzie Govaer, a volunteer with Rachel With Friends club at Heritage High School, picks paper trash out of the creek under Central Avenue Saturday. ,i>Photo by Rick Lemyre
Paige Lind, 8, a third-grader at Brentwood Elementary, adds the hose she discovered in Marsh Creek near Creekside Park to the list of unusual items being noted before being properly disposed of. Photo by Rick Lemyre
Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed in the annual Marsh Creek Clean-up portion of California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Scouts, high school clubs, individuals and families scoured the creekbed through several sections of Brentwood and Oakley, picking up everything from the classic shopping cart to tires, hoses and even furniture.
"We've been finding some interesting stuff," said volunteer Kay Partain as her son Robbie, 9, dribbled one example: a tatterred but nevertheless inflated basketball.
Michele Castano brought a well-prepared family out to help. Armed with a rake, fishing net and lots of bags and buckets, Celine, 14, Cameron, 12, and Camille, 8, found a fully functional scooter near Dainty Avenue.
"We just come out because we care about the local environment," said Michele, who has been part of the effort since moving to Brentwood from Hayward in 2005. "It's nice to be able to do something."