March 12, 2016 • Martha McLean Park
Waterkeeper staff, Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water employees, and community volunteers gathered at McLean Park to clean the trails along the Santa Ana River after a rain event earlier that week. Staff explained to young children the importance of staying away from waterways after rainstorm by using an interactive watershed diorama that demonstrates how stormwater is not filtered and toxic chemicals, litter, and bacteria enters the river and is eventually carried to the ocean.
By the end of the day, volunteers filled bags with debris including plastic wrappers, bottles, and nearly 50 spray paint cans from the trails along the Santa Ana River!
May 14, 2016 • Martha McLean Park
Arrowhead Brand Mountain Spring Water families took part in the national, Great American Cleanup at McLean Park in Riverside. Families cleaned the bike trail as they made their way to the Santa Ana River. Once at McLean Beach, Arrowhead Water employees learned about native and endangered flora and fauna as they headed into the riparian forest to clear it of litter and debris along the river bank.
Over twelve bags of diapers, food wrappers, and other litter were cleared from the site. A tire was also removed from the Santa Ana River! Thank you to all who participated in this national event dedicated to preserving our environment as well as our waterways!