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.

Creek Restoration Project Continues in Civic Park

For our June 11 workday, we'll water our plants, pull weeds around them, and take stock of our first winter's work by collecting data on the coverage and variety of the vegetation we have
.  If we have time, we will also sheet mulch a small area.  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 June 11 from 9:00am-noon
Restoration days
monthly on the 2nd Saturday
Community Service Day:  October 8 from 8:45-noon
2017 Annual Creek Cleanup:  Sat May 13, 8:45am
To sign up, contact us.


    Other Recent Activities

    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 Park.

    Native Walnut Identification:  Last 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!

    Crew 7 finds a lot of trash

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

      volunteers sheet mulching

    One person (foreground) dumps a load of mulch while others spread mulch with rakes at our March sheet mulching workday.

    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 in September

    propagating native grasses

    Volunteers propagated native grasses for our winter restoration project on Civic Park's Creekwalk.