Cleanup for the Salmon This Saturday, October 29

Salmon need clean water both to live in and lay their eggs. On Saturday from 9:00-noon we will be cleaning up an area of Walnut Creek where salmon usually come to spawn.  Register here.

Creek Restoration Project Continues in Civic Park Nov. 12

For our November 12 workday, we'll clean up this year's planting site to get it ready for the new plants
.  We'll also remove some nearby weeds. 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. 

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


Upcoming Events

Restoration workday:  Sat Nov 12 from 9:00am-noon
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Cleanup for the Salmon: Sat Oct 29 at 9:00am
2017 Annual Creek Cleanup
:  Sat May 13, 8:45am
To sign up, contact us.


    Community Service Day Projects

    Friends of the Creeks sponsored two projects on Community Service Day this year -- a cleanup on Pine Creek, and for the more restoration minded, ivy removal in San Ramon Creek near Creekside Drive downtown.  The Flood Control District sponsored a second Pine Creek cleanup.

    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 asked Gretchen Hayes, a geomorphologist, to teach us how to do pebble counts. This is a technique for assessing the quality of gravel beds for suitability as redds (the nests salmon build to lay their eggs).  After locating a promising spot, we laid out a grid, took a sample pebble from each intersection, and measured and recorded it to get a histogram of gravel sizes.

    Other Recent Activities

    Sandbagging:  As an experiment, we used sandbags to divert all the flow of San Ramon Creek from the bypass into the natural channel during the dry season to see whether it made a difference in the water temperature.  There wasn't enough extra water to make a difference, but we'll try again early next summer when there is more water (and more baby fish).

    Arundo Removal:  A group removed arundo from a stretch of creek bank below the Creekwalk in Civic Park East on August 14. A second group worked on Las Trampas Creek in September.  Slowly but surely, we are making progress against this invasive weed.

    Native Walnut Project:  In June 2015 we raised $10,000 to sample candidate walnut trees to see whether they were genetically pure native trees.  As of August 2016 preliminary results show that well over half the samples are native. 
    The next step is to see if we can grow them from cuttings so we and other groups can use them in restoration projects.  Read the details here.

    Annual Creek Cleanup -- Thank you!

    Over 360 volunteers participated in this year's downtown creek cleanup.  We are overwhelmed by your response!

    Once again, we removed a total of 15 cubic yards of trash and vegetation from the creek. After several years in which trash seemed to be declining, it rose again to about 10 cubic yards.  Most of it was food-related -- wrappers, cans, bottles, etc.  There were very few plastic bags, which attests to the success of the ordinance banning them.  We also removed a number of large items like tires, shopping carts, bicycle  frames, and a gate.

    Photos of the 2016 creek cleanup are available here.

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

    salmon and grocery cart full of trash

    Salmon need clean water to live and reproduce, not a creek full of trash

    planting seeds

    In August, volunteers propagated native grasses for our winter restoration project on Civic Park's Creekwalk.

    ivy removal volunteers

    Ivy removal volunteers in San Ramon Creek on Community Service Day 2016

    volunteers doing pebble count

    The  volunteer on the left is measuring a pebble, while the one on the right is reaching into the water to select one.

    sandbags in the concrete channel

    Placing sandbags in the bypass channel to divert the flow into the natural channel, August 2016

    Young people removing arundo

    Volunteers cutting arundo  below the Creekwalk

    Crew 7 finds a lot of trash

    Crew 7 found a lot of trash in their area near Creekside Drive.