Adventure of the Week: Creek Week cleans up water ways, finding a little less mess out there

What: As part of the kickoff for the 20th annual Creek Week, volunteers will catch fish using unconventional methods to teach about life in the region's creeks.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

How to get there: Arcade Creek in Del Paso Regional Park, 4140 Bridge Road, Sacramento. From Interstate 80, take the Watt Avenue South exit, turn left on Auburn Boulevard, then left at Bridge Road. Park near Renfree Field.

What the organizers say: This won't be a typical fishing day. Using no hooks or bait, scientist volunteers will demonstrate "electrofishing," which temporarily stuns fish to the surface. They'll use seine nets. The goal is to learn about life in the creeks, including the native California roach, and how to protect it, says Alta Tura, president of the Sacramento Area Creeks Council.

"The main objective is to make creeks healthier and learn how we could all be better stewards in our everyday lives," Tura says.

In six years as a volunteer, Christy Anderson of Sacramento says, she has seen a marked improvement in local creeks, thanks in part to the Creek Week cleanup, which drew more than 2,000 participants last year. This year's cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 17. The Sacramento area has about 50 creeks.

"Every year when we go out there, we find less and less debris," Anderson says. "Creek Week has been quite powerful."

Admission: Parking and admission are free. Reservations are not required.

Information: For details on the fishing outing, call (916) 454-4544. Visit www.creekweek.net for more on other Creek Week events and to volunteer for the cleanup.