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About Friends of the Creeks
In 1991 the City Council appointed a task force to
create a master plan for the enhancement of the creeks in the downtown area.
Following adoption of the plan in 1993, the task force members decided to
incorporate as a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Creeks, to work with
the City of Walnut Creek to implement the plan they had developed.
Friends of the Creeks was one of the
organizers of a hands-on restoration workshop in Walnut Creek in 1999,
out of which came both the Watershed Forum and its quadrennial
symposia. We have been active in this information exchange and
networking group since its beginning.
Expanding our interests further, we became one of the half dozen groups that founded the Walnut
Creek Watershed Council late in 2011. Council membership now
includes all the cities in the watershed, the County and Flood Control
District, other local government agencies, all four nonprofit creek
groups, land trusts and other environmental groups, private industry,
and individuals. This diverse membership gives us a broader view
both of what is possible and what is necessary. The Council is a
vehicle for achieving a common vision of what the watershed could be
and a platform for accomplishing it. After persuading the Water
Quality Control Board that residents of a watershed should have a voice
in where and how new development is mitigated, we created a list of
such projects within our watershed. We are currently working on a
Costa's creeks community gathered for the 5th Quadrennial
Watershed Symposium on December 3, 2015 to exchange information and hear about the latest research and trends.
The 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 recognized.
FOC Wins Action for Beauty AwardFriends of the Creeks was one of three recipients of the 2013 Peg Kovar Poppy Award from the Walnut Creek Action for Beauty Council. The award was presented at the group's annual luncheon on October 11, 2013. The Poppy Award is given for Beauty of Environment, and the project for which we won was the Creek Walk. Our contributions were native plant knowledge and a grant we received from the Contra Costa County Fish & Wildlife Committee to pay for the plants. The other recipients were Karen McArdle, the architect, and the City of Walnut Creek, who paid for the project as part of the Creeks Master Plan.
Lincoln Avenue bridge over Walnut Creek
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, 2015.
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.
Recipients of the 2013 Poppy Award: Lesley Hunt (Friends of the Creeks), Karen McArdle (Hansen McArdle Inc.), and Heather Ballenger (City of Walnut Creek)