Winter Restoration Workdays 
 
We are transforming a weedy area of creek bank in Civic Park into a meadow of wildflowers and native grasses.  Join us for some rewarding work, camaraderie, and sometimes a brief talk about an aspect of creek ecology.  No experience is required -- just a desire to make the creek a better place for both humans and wildlife. 

Our recent progress:
 In November we prepared an area for sheet mulching.  In December, an Eagle Scout planted the area we had sheet mulched a couple of years ago.  On January 13, we'll weed last year's area and plant more grass and flowers.

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

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Upcoming Events

Restoration workday:  Sat Jan 13  9:00am-noon
Restoration days monthly on the 2nd Saturday
2018 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 12, 8:45am
To sign up, contact us.

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Water Quality Monitoring Group
Wanna help?

About a year ago the Contra Costa Watershed Forum created a water quality monitoring committee which Friends of the Creeks joined. The group meets monthly at various creeks around the county to practice monitoring techniques, learn new skills, and compare notes.  Monitoring activities include observation of weather, water clarity and rate of flow; testing pH and dissolved oxygen; and identifying aquatic bugs. We would like to start a group for our creek and are looking for people who are interested.  If that sounds like you, please Contact Us. 

Investigating Fish Habitat

As part of our ongoing project to learn more about the fish in our creeks -- both what species we have and where they live -- we have been sampling in Tice Creek recently.  So far we have found California roach, three-spined stickleback (both native), and two species of crayfish, one native and one not.  

We also record any wildlife and native plants we see.  At one site we heard or saw five species of woodpeckers, a variety of songbirds, broad-handed mole tunnels, deer scat and a tree where they rubbed velvet off their antlers.

Thank you to all our cleanup volunteers!

Over 150 people attended the 28th annual downtown Walnut Creek creek cleanup on May 13.  We collected 16 cubic yards of debris. Two-thirds of it was habitat restoration-related, and the rest was trash. 

Photos of the 2017 creek cleanup are available here. 
 
The 2018 annual cleanup will be held on May 12.  Details will be posted in February or March.

Hope to see you there!





Project crew planting and watering grass seedlings
 
The Eagle Scout project crew planting and watering native grass seedlings.  This roughly doubled the size of the restored area.

November creek restoration volunteers

Volunteers pose at the edge of the area they cleared of grass at the November restoration day.  Earlier they planted water-loving plants down near the water level.
 

Water quality volunteers making weather observations

Water quality monitors practice making weather observations at a site on Marsh Creek.  Later we tried making observations on aquatic bugs for the first time.
 
 
volunteers sampling fish in Tice Creek

The  volunteer on the left is looking up GIS information on his phone to include on our data sheet.  The fish to be recorded are in the bucket.
 

volunteers cleaning creek

Crew 5 poses with some of the trash from their area at the 2017 creek cleanup. Yes, it's just some -- the lawn chair and several other sizable items are missing.