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Chico group helps keep city's waterways clean

The Chico Community Watch group (non-partisan) found hundreds of batteries in the Lindo Channel.

Posted: Dec 28, 2019 7:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Community Watch group (non-partisan) found hundreds of batteries in the Lindo Channel.

"Our only agenda is that we want to see the waterways in Chico cleaner," Rogers said.

A volunteer from the watch group named Shelly Rogers started picking up litter on her own in 2004

"Somewhere around 2013 and 2014 the amount of litter just exploded the nice thing about that was I was able to meet people who want to do the same thing I do," she said.

Volunteers started targetting areas around the Big Chico Creek and the Lindo Channel – any waterways with debris that pose an environmental threat.

"Anything that you can imagine can be picked up as litter and we pick up a lot of hazardous waste and among the hazardous waste, one of the biggest bummers are batteries," Rogers said. "If they're in a waterway because they're so heavy they don't get swept downstream they get covered in layers of dirt eventually they break down and they are going to be putting out tons of hazardous chemicals into the water."

Water in local greenways that lead to the Sacramento River and then end up in the ocean.

"Everything we are doing impacts something downstream," Rogers said.

Rogers said the channels and creeks in Chico are in the jurisdiction of the city's public works department, but the group takes pride in helping their community any way they can.

"Every piece of litter that we pick up is one less piece that's impacting wildlife and plant life every piece that we pick up makes a difference," she said.

If you want to make a difference the group meets every second Saturday of the month for a cleanup.

Action News Now reach out to the city's public works department to see if they had any programs or plans in place to keep the waterways clean, but we have not heard back yet.

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