Trash In The Creek Near Buchanan Field Airport In Concord

February 17, 2020 10:00 am · 37 comments

If you’ve driven or walked near Buchanan Field Airport, and glanced at the creek, you’ve probably noticed the large amount of trash and debris in the area.

A Claycordian snapped a photo for us, and sent it with the following message.

“Just finished a nice walk near the airport and glanced down at the water. Sadly, so many people just throw trash and debris into the street drains, but they either don’t know it ends up in the ocean, or don’t care. This picture shows the result. Hopefully it can remind unknowing residents that the trash doesn’t just disappear when they throw trash in the street drains.”

Very sad to see. Thanks to Dan & Sweet Fred for the picture.

TraumaRx February 17, 2020 at 10:03 AM

You will never find that in my neighborhood.

Cowellian February 17, 2020 at 10:53 AM

I am delighted to hear that you keep your bridge trash-free.

Turn n Burn February 18, 2020 at 5:42 AM

Cowellian Best one yet. LOL

MattfromConcord February 17, 2020 at 10:12 AM

This could be ANY creek in concord. The one by the airport. The one by Sam’s club. The one behind target. They ALL look like this. There’s even tents on the creek behind Enterprise. Homeless in concord/pleasant hill are the cause of this. Why can the city or county help these folks.

Wage Slave February 17, 2020 at 12:10 PM

They don’t want help. At least not the type that live under overpasses and panhandle at the offramps. They have either an addiction, a mental illness, or severe attitude problems, and can’t or won’t confront those issues to live a normal life.

Ricardoh February 17, 2020 at 10:12 AM

Homeless encampment. Maybe the authorities should round up the homeless for cleanup day once a week.

chuckie the troll February 17, 2020 at 10:17 AM

This happens every year. People drop trash on the street and it always ends up in the creek. This is pollution caused by lazy and uncaring local individuals, not some corporate giant or President Trump.

Shoulda Coulda February 17, 2020 at 11:18 AM

Look at the size of that trash. The 2×4’s and
large pieces of cardboard didn’t come from
someone dumping on a street and then through
a storm drain.

RoRo February 17, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Chuckie it is actually from the homeless encampments that are around all the creeks. There were tents with tarps over them. They bring anything in they can find whether it’s two-by-fours scrap Lumber cardboard whatever they can get they bring it down into the Creek area. The creek behind where I live had every kind of bicycle part you could imagine shopping carts mattresses chairs and and a lot of drug paraphernalia. Caltrans had to come in and it took them over a week to try to remove everything but they’re still major stuff back there

Juan February 17, 2020 at 10:34 AM

I don’t think our over paid homeless care what happens to the environment.
It’s someone else’s problem like everything else in their life.

Captain Bebops February 17, 2020 at 10:37 AM

You will see trash at the local waterfront despite trash cans throughout. What you see is usually beer bottles and cans left by degenerates with a “don’t care” attitude. There are undoubtedly homeless who care but are caught in a bad situation where they can’t do much. Yes, we do need to help that growing sector those that the economic system failed them.

james February 18, 2020 at 1:29 AM

You cant help them they will take,take,and destroy any home they are given.

Lou February 17, 2020 at 10:47 AM

The other day I was stop at light on Clayton rd and 242 onramp. A homeless panhandler man was on the medium with a sign stating homeless need help. Next to him was a pile of garbage. I told him I was returning in an hour and if the garbage was picked up I would give him $10.00. Sure enough upon returning the garbage pile was still there and was even bigger. Most homeless are pigs. They don’t give dam where live or the environment around them. I pay taxes to clean up there crap. B.S.

By city code I must have garbage service. I’m sick of them, what pandemic will it take in order to run these vagrants out of town?

Kirkwood February 17, 2020 at 10:51 AM

We’ve had insufficient rain to move the trash for several years. In more distant normal years, storms that filled the creek downstream of Willow Pass ran bank to bank. My workplace was 60′ from the creek bank. I’ve seen the water 3′ from the top on several occasions and that’s was when the channel was 6′ deeper than it is today.

Lou February 17, 2020 at 10:59 AM

Kirkwood , I pray for a big storm and wash all of it away and see it go into our oceans.

chuckie the troll February 18, 2020 at 9:49 AM

We had near-record rains last year. But I think the idea is that trash shouldn’t be in a creek or drain in the first place. Flushing it out into the Bay isn’t a good solution.

Dorothy February 17, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Not all homeless are pigs there are ones that give others a bad rap. Quit stereotyping everyone is different. Don’t judge a person on other people’s ctions. I happen to be houseless and am very clean don’t steal wrk real hard on making my place nice just because someone’s houseless don’t mean their a slob or a druggy or a theif some of us are out here because there’s no where for us as for me I have pets I will not get rid of and no shelter for me to go to with my pets their my life my family my babies

SF oh February 17, 2020 at 1:48 PM

So, assuming you are not a troll….. Are your pets vaccinated? Do they get routine veterinary care? Are they licensed? All of those basics for pets cost a fair amount of money, and licensing requires an address. Having a pet is a privilege. They have to rely on humans for adequate care since they cannot care for themselves. If you really are “house less”, (whatever that means), how are you able to take care of them?

james February 17, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Her and her pets are perfectly safe in her 1982 Oldsmobile that’s missing a side window.”theres no where for us”What does that mean,and who is us,and why don’t you live in a” house”?

SF oh February 17, 2020 at 11:29 AM

“Trash” is probably the least of what’s there.

Rebel February 17, 2020 at 11:37 AM

The whole Contra Costa canal and waterway system in Concord has been ignored by the County for years! I cant tell you how many bikes and shopping carts are in the canal behind my home. All of which leads to clogging the canal and creating a major flooding hazard.

The fact is, the Contra Costa Water District has been extremely negligent a put maintaining their water ways, especially by not having them dredged on a regular basis.

If my house gets flooded, the County is going to get sued!

I stanley February 17, 2020 at 12:07 PM

Most of that trash is from those persons who live under the bridges. I have seen lamps,.sinks, tents and recliners under the roadway bridges and soon they call into flood plain water way.

D February 17, 2020 at 1:08 PM

Homeless Encampment debris.

DanG February 17, 2020 at 1:28 PM

This is the bridge that leads to the concord Nissan. Lots of trash and boards. Looks like ppl are throwing things over the bridge into the water & dumping I. the drains. Ughh. And don’t get me started on the homeless. Other states round them up like drugged up cattle and bus them to states like ours…where we pay them to make funny cardboard signs. As Chris rock said “ If you see a homeless person with a funny sign, he’s not really homeless. Homeless people are too hungry… To be funny”

Rab the Ranter February 17, 2020 at 1:32 PM

I’ve seen people fly tipping, unloading pick-up trucks into the sidewalks of nice quiet residential streets and the perpetrators have *always* been of a certain demographic.

james February 17, 2020 at 4:53 PM

It is a town full if junk eating slobs.I live on a busy street and I get a yard full of candy wrappers and fast food wrappers daily.They usually end up in the street,washed down the storm drain and in the creek.

ChuckStir February 17, 2020 at 5:41 PM

The trash is from some of the homeless and some of it from others who were never taught that litter is wrong or if they were taught then just too lazy to care.
Here is food for thought, if a person is on a freeway off ramp saying they are homeless yet fairly well dressed or have a key chain with keys on it (saw it, really) maybe those are clues as to weather or not they are. I have no problem helping others and I have in the past many times, but my rule of thumb, if you can stand on a street you can certainly work. If people would quit supporting them they would disappear.

Mike February 17, 2020 at 6:43 PM

That’s been like that forever. The city knows. The regional park district knows. They do nothing. The Republicans and Democrats have no plans for this homeless epidemic. And the problem is a majority of the homeless are lifestyle homeless, they don’t want to get a job and live a normal life. I once rescued a duckling that had somehow got stuck under a shopping cart some homeless person dumped in the creek. It’s a mess and I’ve called, sent letters. They all point fingers but nothing is being done.

cat February 17, 2020 at 8:15 PM

I just moved to Phoenix area – the streets and highways are pristine. Breath of fresh air after living in East Bay.

commoncents February 18, 2020 at 9:21 AM
Simonpure February 18, 2020 at 10:40 AM

@commoncents…Cat simply stated that the area keeps up on their roads. Nothing said about homelessness.

TOB February 18, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Maricopa County which included Phoenix has 4.3 million people and 6,000 homeless that ratio is pristine compared to almost anywhere in CA. She is correct. Phoenix maintains their highways unlike CA and they pick up trash/debris.

No Thx February 18, 2020 at 4:01 AM

Welcome to the Third World State of Kalifornistan.

RaD February 18, 2020 at 10:33 AM

We did have a lot of wind just a little over a week ago. That wind took garbage out of trashcans and blew it all over. While I agree that people’s choices are bad when it comes to trash, in this case there could be another explanation.

Sam Malone February 18, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Each and every time the homeless cause more monies to be used to clean up their messes, crimes, fires, extra police and paramedic services, because they keep abusing the system, the monies in those funds should be reduced by that exact amount. There has to be checks and balances and there are not at this time. More money is thrown at them and there is no accountability.

Stop giving away our tax dollars and use them for truly the right reasons not for grifters, bums and the like.

Sorry but this is what you have reduced law abiding citizens to voice what no one else will say but think.

Big Rob February 18, 2020 at 2:55 PM

You’d be addressing the homeless ‘residents’ that saturate the area. I walk around that area often. And have also noticed the debris. Along the Iron horse trail, early morning, you’ll see the occupants of tents and lean toos starting to stir. Just this morning, I walked about a mile holding a empty water bottle before finding a trash can.

Bill February 18, 2020 at 11:22 PM

it amazes me how much debris there is in the creek next to the airport. I walked out to one of the encampments that was abandoned the last time it rained and there were at least 6 or 8 bicycle frames, golf clubs, toys, etc. etc. left there in the creek. I have a friend who frequently walks the trail that follows the creek and he finds stuff that has obviously been stolen almost daily. It’s really mind-boggling to me that we as a society are not able to find a solution.

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