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|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
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 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.
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 in January and February! 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. 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
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 plant native grass seedlings at our January 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.
At the annual creek cleanup, volunteers from Crew 6 cleaned up San Ramon Creek close to Las Lomas High School.