Creek Restoration Project Continues in Civic Park

For our September 10 workday, we'll weed around our new plants and water if necessary
.  We'll also remove some nearby invasive weeds. No experience is required -- just a desire to make the creek a better place for both humans and wildlife.  Join us for some rewarding work, camaraderie, and a brief talk about an aspect of the work we're doing. 

For more information about workdays
To sign up, contact us.
Restoration schedule
Photos of past restoration days

Save the Date for Salmon!
 
On Wednesday, October 12 we and the rest of the Walnut Creek Watershed Council will be hosting an evening meeting on the state of salmon in our watershed.  The EBRPD mobile fish tank will be outside and speakers will inform us about the status of salmon around the Bay Area.  We will have a brief update about the status of salmon in our watershed and an action item.  We will post details as soon as they are finalized.


Help the Creeks on CSD -- Oct 8


Friends of the Creeks will be sponsoring three projects on Community Service Day this year -- two cleanups on Pine Creek, and for the more restoration minded, ivy removal in San Ramon Creek near Creekside Drive downtown.  Sign up here.

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Upcoming Events

Restoration workday:  Sat Sept 10 from 9:00am-noon
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Community Service Day:  Sat Oct 8 from 8:45-noon Salmon - Evening program:  Wed Oct 12 6:00pm
2017 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 13, 8:45am
To sign up, contact us.

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    Other Recent Activities

    Sandbagging:  As an experiment, we used sandbags to divert all the flow of San Ramon Creek into the natural channel during the dry season to see whether it made a difference in the temperature.

    Arundo Removal:  A group removed arundo from a stretch of creek bank below the Creekwalk in Civic Park East on August 14.  Slowly but surely, we are making progress against this invasive weed.

    Native Walnut Project:  In June 2015 we raised $10,000 to sample candidate walnut trees to see whether they were genetically pure native trees. If we find any, we and other groups will use them in restoration projects.  As of August 2016 preliminary results show that more than half the samples are native.  Read the details here.

    Annual Creek Cleanup -- Thank you!

    Over 360 volunteers participated in this year's downtown creek cleanup.  We are overwhelmed by your response!

    Once again, we removed a total of 15 cubic yards of trash and vegetation from the creek. After several years in which trash seemed to be declining, it rose again to about 10 cubic yards.  Most of it was food-related -- wrappers, cans, bottles, etc.  There were very few plastic bags, which attests to the success of the ordinance banning them.  We also removed a number of large items like tires, shopping carts, bicycle  frames, and a gate.

    Photos of the 2016 creek cleanup are available here.

    The 2017 cleanup will be May 13.  Plan to join us!






    planting seeds

    In August, volunteers propagated native grasses for our winter restoration project on Civic Park's Creekwalk.

      salmon

    Salmon in the Walnut Creek watershed


    volunteer picking up trash

    A volunteer picks up trash in Pine Creek on Community Service Day 2015

      sandbags in the concrete channel

    Placing sandbags in the bypass channel to divert the flow into the natural channel

    Young people removing arundo

    Volunteers cutting arundo  below the Creekwalk


    Crew 7 finds a lot of trash

    Crew 7 found a lot of trash in their area near Creekside Drive.