Winter Creek Restoration Gets Underway in Civic Park
Eleven volunteers started work on our winter creek restoration project in the creek channel at Civic Park
on Saturday, October 31.  No experience required -- just a desire to make the creek a better place for both humans and wildlife.  Our next workday is Saturday, December 12.  Join us for some rewarding work, camaraderie, and a brief talk about an aspect of the work we're doing.

We will start at 10:30 to avoid conflict with the Walnut Creek half marathon earlier in the morning.  Bring lunch or a snack.

For more information about workdays
To sign up, contact us.
Restoration schedule


Upcoming Events

Restoration workday:  Sat Dec 12 10:30am-1:30pm
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Lower Walnut Creek scoping meeting
:  Wed Dec 9 Watershed Symposium:  Thurs Dec 3
2016 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 14

To sign up, contact us.


Watershed Symposium Dec. 3

Every four years, this is the place for creek folk in Contra Costa to be!  Don't miss it -- register  now.  Some of the sessions being planned are:

  • Watersheds from the International View
  • Climate Change & Sea Level Rise In YOUR Watershed
  • Exciting Watershed Projects in Contra Costa County
  • Critters in the Creeks

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!  Read more . . .

Successful Pine Creek Cleanup
 on Community Service Day

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!

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.

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!

restoration underway Oct 31

Volunteers rake weeds and dig out unwanted plants as our creek restoration project gets underway.

Watershed Symposium announcement Dec 3

For more information and to register

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

 group shot

The arundo group plus leader Mary Grim (FOC).  Leader Mike Weiss and the volunteer who took this photo are not pictured.  Note the single arundo stalk that everyone is holding.

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.