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Volunteers Clear 18 Tons of Garbage From County Creeks
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by Alta Tura April 28th dawned clear, and an estimated 1,400 volunteers turned out to clean a creek on Clean-Up Day. Moderate flows in our region's watershed this spring made the creeks more accessible than last year. Because there were … Continue reading

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Cleaning Steelhead Creek
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by Libby Harmor Valley View Acres is a rural neighborhood in North Natomas bordered on two sides by Steelhead Creek and the Ueda Parkway. The east levee of the creek is a front or back fence for many residents. The … Continue reading

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Is Your Garden Creek Friendly?
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by Betty Cooper It’s a great feeling to see all that trash piled up after a Creek Week Cleanup. But what can we do to help creeks every day, around our own homes? The choices we make in our gardens … Continue reading

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Mosquito Fish, Friend or Foe?
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by Bill Templin Mosquito fish (Gambusia sp.) are small fish (1.5 – 2.5 inches) that tolerate a wide range of temperatures and are used as a predator of mosquito larvae in many diverse aquatic habitats throughout the world. With all … Continue reading

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Pyrethroids in Creeks
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by Dave Tamayo, Pesticide Control Program Manager, Sacramento County Stormwater Program Way back at the end of the last century (the 1990s), the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership (or SSQP, which includes Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk … Continue reading

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Dry Creek Salmon Count
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by Bill Templin, Board Member, Sacramento Urban Creeks Council and Upper American River Foundation Once again, a good volunteer turnout of over 30 people participated in walking 16 reaches of Dry Creek and it’s tributaries including Secret Ravine, Miner’s Ravine, … Continue reading

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Winter Doesn’t Stop Students from Dipping Into Creeks
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by Beth Etgen, UCCS Vice President – Education “Wow! I never knew that creeks could be homes for so many kinds of animals.” “I get it, a creek food web sticks everything together.” “Water bugs look like monsters.” “I‘ve seen … Continue reading

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Time is Ripe for “Scoop the Poop” Pilot Program
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Courtesy of Sacramento County Stormwater Quality The Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program has partnered with Arcade Creek Recreation and Park District and local volunteer groups to develop a cost-effective pilot program called "Scoop the Poop." The program aims to reduce … Continue reading

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Frank Cruzen Remembered
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by Alta Tura Frank Cruzen, co-founder and first president of the Sacramento Urban Creeks Council, passed away on August 29, 2006. Frank accomplished many things before he took on the challenge of advocating for creeks in Sacramento County. After he … Continue reading

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Creek Critters: Water Striders
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by Bonnie Ross Among aquatic insects, long-legged water striders are about the easiest to see. They live on the water surface film and they tend to congregate in large numbers. One genus, would you believe, lives on the surface of … Continue reading

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