A Successful Creek Week 2013
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Thank you to the 2,500 volunteers who cleaned Sacramento County’s creeks this spring. They removed close to 20 tons of garbage along 35 miles of waterway. The larger than normal garbage haul was due mostly to new clean-up locations in the Delta and Rancho Cordova.

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Creek Week 2013 Planning
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You are welcome to help with the planning of Creek Week. Check here for the latest.

Meeting notes  for October 11, 2012 Next meeting is Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 a.m.

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Upcoming Fall Activities for Creek Lovers
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Choose from indoor and outdoor activities – work or play.

Sacramento Area Creeks Council board meets at 6:30 pm on Monday, September 17 at 4855 Hamilton Street. Please join us and learn about how you can help us continue our work for Sacramento’s creeks.

Visit our exhibit at Nature Fest on Saturday, October 7 from 10 until 3 at Effie Yeaw nature Center on the American River.

Creek Week 2013 Planning Committee meets for the first time at 7″30 am on Thursday, October 11. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor as we begin the six-month planning process. Call Alta at 916 454-4544 if you would like to join the planning effort. It’s rewarding and fun to work with the wonderful people on this committee!

Sacramento Area Creeks Council board meets at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 15 at 4855 Hamilton Street. Please join us and learn about how you can help us continue our work for Sacramento’s creeks.

Cruise the Creek from 10 am until noon on Sunday, October 21 at Del Meyer Park in Elk Grove. Join the Laguna Creek Watershed Council for a docent led bike tour along Elk Grove’s Laguna Creek.  Tour will include stops along the trail with educational talks about creek flow, wetlands, aquatic plants, creek wildlife and other topics.

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2013 Creek Week Clean-Up is Saturday, April 13
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The first planning meeting will be on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 a.m. Location: 2020 L Street, AECOM’s 4th floor conference room. Please consider helping us plan this great service & environmental event.

Some meeting materials:  Agenda 10-11-2012 Meeting Schedule Sponsors 2012 Draft Sponsor letter Debrief CW 2012 Meeting Topics & Schedules, Committee Overview

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Bannon Creek Clean Up
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At our annual Creek Week Celebration clean ups each April, we often hear the question, “So when can we do this again?” To which we usually have to answer… “Not until next year…” Well, one of our site leaders, Tanja , and her crew of volunteers went the extra mile (setting a good example for the rest of us) and organized another clean up in her area and one of our Board Members, Bill Templin, was able to attend and take some photos of their well-coordinated efforts.
 
 

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This channel is part of the Reclamation District 1000’s area and they were right there to help haul stuff away that volunteers pulled from the creek and adjacent parkway. They also kindly mowed down the tall weeds along the creek so people could find the trash easier… and help reduce the chance of a grass fire causing big time damage to the area… Bill noticed that there had been a recent grass fire just before the clean up, so maybe mowing the grass helped to keep that fire a small one.

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Lots of visitors were noticed using the area for walking and even berry picking… and viewing the scenic beauty of the area as shown in the following photos.

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Creek Week Planning
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State Water Resources – Water Molecule Journey

Anyone is welcome to check the blog to see how the planning is coming along. Here are the notes from our first meeting. Also a list of upcoming meeting topics, committee descriptions and a planning timeline. Committee members may want to use these Creek Week Planning blog posts to access planning materials. We can have discussions here and even make decisions between meetings.

Thank you to the Creek Week committee for serving.

Creek Week offers families, clubs, businesses, service organizations and any concerned individuals a chance to volunteer outdoors – to do worthwhile community service, learn and have fun!

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Creek Week 2012 Planning
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Creek Week planning committee meetings are the first Thursday morning from 7:30 until 8:30 October through March.  All Planning meetings will be held at 2020 L Street, Suite 400 in the AECOM conference room.

Splash Off on Friday, April 6, 11 to noon.

Clean-Up on Saturday, April 14, 9 until noon.

Celebration on Saturday, April 14, noon until 2:00.

 

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Volunteerships
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Volunteers Wanted! If you would like to volunteer for SACC, please post on our blog! Also, if you would like to post a volunteer opportunity related to creeks, environment, green jobs, etc., please post the information on our Creek Peeks Blog under the “Volunteerships” category! We look forward to hearing from you.

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Creek Peeks Blog
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Welcome to Sacramento Area Creeks Council Website & Blog! The Sacramento Area Creeks Council preserves, protects, restores and maintains the natural streams in our communities through education, advocacy, financial support and technical expertise.

We’d love to hear from you! Post articles, announcements, commentary, requests, or messages related to creeks or relevant environmental issues on our Creek Peeks Blog.

 

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The Arcade Creek Project at Mira Loma High School
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By Alexandra Johnson

Behind the brick buildings and amidst the uproar of afternoon traffic, the Arcade Creek continues to serve a unique purpose. For nearly a decade now, the Arcade Creek has been the center of a year-round science project for the International Baccalaureate students at Mira Loma High School. The Arcade Creek Project is comprised of eleven distinct studies, which work collaboratively to assess the overall health of the riparian ecosystem and spread the message of environmental preservation. Over 250 students are part of the Arcade Creek Project this year.

Unlike typical school projects, the Arcade Creek Project provides students with an opportunity to study science curriculum through a tactile, hands-on approach. On any given day, countless students can be spotted venturing out towards the urban creek. Students alone are responsible for the extraction of samples, collection of data through observation, and restoration of the creek. All samples and observations are further analyzed during habitual meetings in the Creek Room of our high school.

“I enjoy studying the Arcade Creek because it allows me to take what I learn in the classroom and compare it to what I see in nature. Things like keystone species, invasive species, and seed dispersal mechanisms are a lot easier to comprehend when you see them with your own eyes.” –Marisa Galvez, Senior Restoration Manager

To ensure efficiency and success each year, the Arcade Creek Project has developed a structure encompassing eleven fields of study: Chemistry, Sediments, Biological Assessment, Bio Assay, Outreach, Long Mapping, Habitat, Vertebrates, Restoration, Technology, and Botany. Each group of students specializes in their exclusive study for a period of two scholastic years.

Although the structure remains constant throughout the years, the Arcade Creek Project improves each year. The Biological Assessment study collects and analyzes the aquatic macroinvertebrates found in the Arcade Creek in order to assess its overall health. This year, the Biological Assessment study took samples of the water both before and after the season’s first rain. In their analysis, they hope to determine whether the influx in water and the change in seasonal temperatures will alter the mortality rates of the macroinvertebrates. The Chemistry study is also implementing new techniques in their data collection process. In years past, the study has monitored the levels of Chlorine, Phosphates, Nitrates, and Dissolved Oxygen in the water. At present, the study is incorporating the use of probes to streamline their collection process. The use of these technological advances aims to move the study forward and facilitate the collection of accurate data. Visiting the Arcade Creek each Saturday, the Restoration study has amassed an extensive list of accomplishments this semester. They have removed large portions of Red Sesbania and Himalayan Blackberry, 20 bags of trash, 30 bags of recyclables, and even a rusted trampoline.

With first semester drawing to a close, students at Mira Loma High School are gearing up for the second half of this ongoing endeavor. The Arcade Creek Project has and will continue to be an integral part of our school community. To learn more about our efforts, please visit arcadecreekproject.org.

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