Annual Creek Cleanup

Saturday May 14
Meet at 8:45 in Civic Park

Join us for the 27th Annual Creek Cleanup on Saturday, May 14.  Meet at the gazebo in Civic Park at the corner of Broadway and Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.

Continental breakfast at 8:45.  Registration at 9:00.

ALL PARTICIPANTS must have a waiver form.  Click here to download a form and get more details about the cleanup.

Photos of the 2015 creek cleanup are available here.


Creek Restoration Project Continues in Civic Park

We weeded our restoration site in April.  Since it was raining, we didn't have to water our new plants
.  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. 

In May, the creek cleanup falls on our regular workday. 

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

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Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 14, 8:45am Restoration workday:  Sat May 14 from 9:00am-noon
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Community Service Day:  October 8 from 8:45-noon
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 Saturday through March!  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. 

    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 any time now.  Read the details here.


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







    volunteers on Crew 6

    At the 2015 annual creek cleanup, volunteers from Crew 6 cleaned up San Ramon Creek close to Las Lomas High School.

      volunteers sheet mulching

    One person dumps a load of mulch while others spread mulch with rakes at our March sheet mulching 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.