On April 25th, volunteers from Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited joined forces with volunteers from throughout the central valley to make Creek Week 2009 a rousing success!
Creek Week was organized by The Sacramento Area Creeks Council. Sac-Sierra volunteers, working alongside over 2000 volunteers from more than two dozen conservation-minded organizations, helped remove tons of trash and debris, and invasive plants from creeks throughout Sacramento, Folsom, Antelope, and Citrus Heights. After the cleanup work, SSTU volunteers also spoke with hundreds of kids, parents, teachers, and environmentally-minded people who attended the Creek Clean Up Celebration held at American River College. Attendees were treated to a barbecue with live music, games and contests, and everyone who participated in clean-up activities earned a Creek Week T-shirt.
The Chapter would like to thank all of our hard-working and committed volunteers.
Barbara Bania & Nancy Krueger worked with Cub Scout Pack 94 to clean up debris and take out thistle along the vernal pools in the area known as the Parkway at Folsom. As usual, the scouts were quite enthusiastic about doing their part for Creek Week, and were rewarded by an unusual find of two Razor scooters, which were quickly dubbed the "Swamp" scooters in honor of their point of rescue. Barbara and Nancy both remarked that the scouts kept everyone highly entertained, and the picnic afterwards at B.T.Collins Park was rip-roaring fun.
Kevin and Cheryl Mather, and their son Isaac, worked in Arcade Creek along Longview Drive with members of the local neighborhood association, where whimsy and humor debated the need for waders and heavy equipment at next year's event.
Linda and BreAnna Johnson, although not members of the Chapter, came out to contribute at the urging of Don Krueger, and worked along Cripple Creek in Citrus Heights.
Dick Howard worked with the Granite Bay Flycasters on their activites in the North Fork American River Watershed. Although they missed the Celebration, they got in some good fishing for the rest of the day.
Don Krueger, Dan Waligora, Bill Templin, and Dan Brosier staffed the Chapter's booth at the Clean Up Celebration at American River College. They spoke with hundreds of lively and interested kids and adults about watershed issues and restoration projects, and raffled off 12 kids Stream Explorers memberships and two adult memberships.