Wildcat Creek cleanup becomes educational opportunity for Salesian students

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Wildcat Creek cleanup becomes educational opportunity for Salesian students
Photo courtesy of the City of San Pablo.

A Salesian College Preparatory teacher’s offer to have her Environmental Science class help clean up Wildcat Creek after the October storm has become an educational partnership with the city.

The storm deposited a lot of debris in Wildcat Creek along the new Greenway Trail, the city shared on social media.

Dr. Elizabeth Coscia offered to have her class help out, and so city staff coordinated for about 20 students to come out on a recent Wednesday. They picked up eleven 45-gallon bags of trash, a car bumper, a wood pallet, one couch, two pegboards, some artificial turf, one toilet seat, a deep fryer stand, a tire and a one-wheeled cart, the city said.

“City staff gave a prize for the ‘coolest item’ picked up,” the city added. “During the cleanup, Dr. Coscia was able to reinforce topics learned in class.”

Future planned activities include weeding and removal of non-native plants along the bank and a visit from the project biologist about various aspects of the creek project, the city said.