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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
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
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.
Photos of past restoration days
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.
Watershed Symposium Dec. 3
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
At the 2015 annual creek cleanup, volunteers from Crew 6 cleaned up San Ramon Creek close to Las Lomas High School.
One person dumps a load of mulch while others spread mulch with rakes at our March sheet mulching workday.
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.
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.
A volunteer picks up trash in Pine Creek on Community Service Day
Chevron volunteers cutting arundo during Corporate Caring Week in September
Volunteers propagated native grasses for our winter restoration project on Civic Park's Creekwalk.