Waiver for Creek Clean-up on Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Please print, complete and bring this waiver on the day of the clean-up.

You may register on Eventbrite.

The Laguna Creek Watershed Council’s Great Sierra Clean Up is on Saturday September 21st at 9 am.  Each fall they work with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to sponsor a creek clean up. You have probably been reading or hearing about all the plastic pollution….in our local creeks and in the ocean.  Our local creeks drain to the Sacramento River, the San Francisco Bay, and eventually the ocean.  A recent newspaper article states there is now more plastic in the ocean, measured by weight, than there are pounds of fish.  Something is wrong with this picture!!  We can do our share by keeping our creeks free of plastic bags, bottles, and other types of trash.
When:  Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 9 am – noon
Where:  Zimbelman Park, 9191 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove
What to bring:  gloves, closed toes shoes, water and a hat 

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Thank you to all Creek Week 2019 volunteers!
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See our final report.

The Sacramento Chapter of American Public Works Association volunteered to clean Brooktree Creek in Citrus Heights.
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You can be a part of Creek Week!
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Everyone is welcome to attend a Creek Week activity and to join in the April 13th County-wide creek Clean-up.
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Creek Week starts April 6, 2018
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Visit creekweek.net to register for an April 14 clean-up site and to find out about the many actvities offered throughout the week preceding the clean-up. There is something for everyone!

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Saturday, April 14 is the Creek Week 2018 Clean-Up Date
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Please save the date Saturday, April 14 for the Sacramento County-wide clean-up of our creeks. The clean-up is from 9 until noon and will be followed by a Celebration at Carmichael Park from noon until 2. Our Creek Week website http://creekweek.net/ will be ready for sign-ups by the end of February. Creek Week is fun, and it feels good to work with others to improve our natural environment. Watch for our schedule of activities that happen the week before the clean-up. Creek Week has something for everybody!

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Creek Week in the Delta
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Did you know Creek Week volunteers clean garbage out of the Delta? See photos of our volunteers in this Delta Confluence article.

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Citizen Science – Trash Survey Results for Arcade Creek at Garfield Bridge
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Gary Hare had the help of Mira Loma High School students in collecting and categorizing the garbage under the bridge on the morning of the Creek Week clean-up – Saturday, April 29, 2017. Read his report for details and more pictures. Wonder why there were so many glass items found here?

A portion of the trash collected. It was all sorted on the tarp.

Some of the trash was washed to this spot and some of it was generated here. What types of activities might take place under this bridge?

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Soil Conservation Project on the Bank of Arcade Creek
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A big thank you to Tim Vendlinski for being the brains behind this complicated repair. Thanks to the Mira Loma High School “Special Ops Team” for supplying the brawn on Saturday, April 29.   We are proud to count this soil conservation effort as a Creek Week 2017 project!    soil conservation effort – more photos and story

Roots of nearby mature oaks were being exposed as the gully formed; for scale, see the hand tool at top of the picture.

Blanket being anchored into top of the slope. This specially made fabric is made with biodegradable materials that turn into compost as the project ages – we need to transition away from erosion control materials wrapped in plastic mesh.

As his classmates filled-in and packed the ruts and gully below, George began setting pins to anchor the blanket to the face of the slope.

Once the soil was packed, we scored and top-seeded the surface with three species of native grass – California fescue, purple needle-grass, and creeping wild rye from Hedgerow Farms (courtesy of Zarah Wyly at the Sacramento Tree Foundation).

 

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Creek Week 2017 Celebration Time!
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April 29, 2017 at Carmichael Park

Red Shoe Productions entertained us! See more photos.

Thank you to Carmichael Recreation & Park District for hosting the Celebration at beautiful Carmichael Park; to Carmichael Chamber of Commerce for cooking and serving lunch to over 1,000 people; to the twenty exhibitors who shared entertaining educational activities; to Mira Loma High School and Sac Suburban Kiwanis and the other volunteers who helped set up and run the Celebration. And thank you to all who attended.

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Salmon Sighting Update – Arcade Creek
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Dec. 19. 2016

John Mayfield reported a sighting of a Chinook salmon on a small tributary running through a residential/rural neighborhood north of Orange Grove Ave. This makes 6 now so far this fall!

Dec. 11, 2016John Mayfield reported sighting a large fish, most likely a salmon, swiftly swimming upstream under the Bus. 80 Bridge upstream of Watt Ave at about 9 a.m.  Randy Smith spotted a fish, a salmon or Steelhead, moving upstream quickly from the Pasadena Ave. footbridge about 10 a.m., about 2 miles upstream from the other fish at Bus. 80.

Dec. 4, 2016Randy Smith spotted the Chinook salmon pictured below just downstream from Garfield Avenue. Upon comparison with his earlier photo from Nov. 28 (see Nov. 30 blog post), Randy verified that this is the same fish based on the mottling pattern near the dorsal fin. (This salmon downstream from Garfield Avenue was verified by Bill Templin and Katie Cantrell).

Above photo by Randy Smith

See a complete report of salmon sightings by our volunteers on Arcade Creek since December of 2015

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