Creek Restoration Project Continues in Civic Park
 
We have had four workdays since we began this project in October and we have cleared our worksite and done most of the planting
.  No experience is required -- just a desire to make the creek a better place for both humans and wildlife.  Our next workday is Saturday, February 13.  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

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Upcoming Events

Restoration workday:  Sat Feb 13 from 9:00am-noon
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Lower Walnut Creek project tours
:  Thru Jan and Feb
2016 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 14, 8:45am
Community Service Day:  around Oct 1, TBA
To sign up, contact us.

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Watershed Symposium Dec. 3

Contra Costa's creeks community gathered for  the 5th Quadrennial Watershed Symposium on December 3.  Matt Kondolf, UC Berkeley professor, gave the keynote talk contrasting European views with the US.  Generally, their view is more holistic and they provide more room for creeks to wander than we do.  Another interesting talk discussed the affects of climate change on local watersheds. 

The Symposium is also the occasion when the community gives awards to people who have made outstanding contributions.  This was our watershed's year and we are very honored to have been so generously recognized.

    Lower Walnut Creek Project

    This ambitious new habitat restoration and flood control project has been in the works for a long time.  The original work done near the mouth of Walnut Creek in the 1960s was soon found to be silting up the creek channel and causing problems upstream.  The Flood Control District has come up with a new, environmentally friendly vision and will begin the public outreach process on December 9 at 6 pm.  Tours in January and February!  Read more . . .


    Other Recent Activities

    Grant Proposal:   The Walnut Creek Watershed Council, of which FOC is a member, recently submitted a grant proposal to fund an overall plan for our watershed.  Our vision is to pioneer a variety of new techniques that will remove some of the barriers to wildlife passage and employ green infrastructure.  FOC wrote a letter of support.  We heard in January that we didn't make the funding cutoff but we were close, so we'll make some adjustments and try again.

    Pine Creek Cleanup:
     
    Two crews totaling 36 people cleaned up Pine Creek on Community Service Day October 10.  One crew worked south of Ygnacio Valley Road to the Oak Grove roundabout, and the other worked from Ygnacio north to the Concord border.  Together they covered more than a mile of creek channel, picked up fifteen bags of trash, and found a shopping cart.

    It is really important to get trash out of the creeks before the winter rains begin so it won't wash downstream into the bay.  Thanks to our volunteers for making this happen!


    Arundo Removal:  We removed arundo from Las Trampas Creek in downtown Walnut Creek during Corporate Caring Week in September.  A heartfelt thank you to the 20 Chevron volunteers who worked uncomplainingly on a very hot day and got the whole patch removed.

    Propagation Day:  On August 8, FOC members met at the native plant nursery to propagate grass seedlings for this winter's creek restoration project in Civic Park.

    Native Walnut Identification:  In June 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.  We expect the results later this fall.  Read the details here.

    Annual Creek Cleanup

    Thank you to the 160 people who helped to clean up the downtown creeks on May 9.

    We are pleased to report that the volume of trash declined by about 50%, largely as a result of the plastic bag ordinance that went into effect last fall.

    In addition to removing trash from the creeks, we also weeded along the Creekwalk and did maintenance in the pollinator habitat.

    Photos of the 2015 creek cleanup are available here.

    The 2016 cleanup will be May 14.  Plan to join us!






    volunteers planting grass

    Volunteers plant native grass seedlings at our January workday.


    Bob accepts award

    Bob Simmons, founding Chair of the Walnut Creek Watershed Council and  FOC member, accepting the Watershed Champion award at the Watershed Symposium on December 3.


    Watershed Hero honorees

    Jim Hale, Ron Brown, Lesley Hunt, and Igor Skaredoff received Watershed Hero awards at the Symposium.  Jim and Lesley are both founding members of Friends of the Creeks.


    volunteer picking up trash

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

      

    cutting arundo

    Chevron volunteers cutting arundo during Corporate Caring Week in September

     
    propagating native grasses

    Volunteers propagated native grasses for our winter restoration project on Civic Park's Creekwalk.

    volunteers on Crew 6

    At the annual creek cleanup, volunteers from Crew 6 cleaned up San Ramon Creek close to Las Lomas High School.