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.
Habitat improvement project on the Calaveras River below Hogan dam. The chapter will partner with the National Marine Fisheries Service, California DFG, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Stockton East Water District and the US Army Corps of Engineers to improve habitat for anadromous fish in the so-called Trail of Skulls reach of the Calaveras River. Project planning and community outreach will begin in winter 2009. The Chapter plans on submitting an Embrace-a-Stream grant proposal for this project, after the assessment is complete.
The chapter has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Forest Service to provide volunteer water quality monitors for fuels reduction projects. The MOU was signed in July 2009. Volunteer training and initial project scoping will begin in September 2009.
14th Annual TRUCKEE RIVER DAY
2009 marks the 14th year of Truckee River Day. Each year since 1996, hundreds of volunteers have participated in numerous restoration projects throughout the Truckee River watershed. Truckee River Day has had huge support from the community and visitors since its inception. The first Truckee River Day was launched on 3 weeks of planning, and 400 volunteers came to help out. Ever since then, volunteer numbers have ranged from 400-800. Truckee River Day is still going strong!
Truckee River Day will be on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Several exciting restoration projects are planned, including work in the Davies/Merrill watershed, Perazzo Meadows, Martis Valley, Tahoe Donner, Coldstream Canyon, on the Truckee River Legacy Trail and other locations. There will be activities appropriate for the whole family. Pre-registration is required – and will open in September 2009.
The Chapter will assist the USFS with installing Large Woody Debris (LWD) on 5 tributaries of the North Fork Cosumnes River in the Capp's Crossing area. The exact locations will be determined by stream assessment using USFS LWD protocols. Stream assessment will begin in October 2009. Project planning will follow during Summer 2010.The Chapter plans on submitting an Embrace-a-Stream grant proposal for this project, after the assessment and planning is complete.
Willow Creek is a beautiful little urban creek that runs through Folsom. The Chapter is "adopting" a section of this watershed with a one year commitment to Folsom Parks and Recreation District. This program, similar to the Adopt-a-Highway program, will involve ongoing cleanup and maintenance of our designated section of the creek and the surrounding greenbelt.
Willow Creek includes a great variety of habitats which harbor a tremendous amount of wildlife, both native and non-native. However, because of its urban setting, it also suffers from littering, and defacement of structures, and typical urban runoff containing nutrients, pesticides, and other contaminants.
On April 4th, volunteers from Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited assisted the Forest Service with a road obliteration and revegetation project on Plum Creek in the El Dorado National Forest. Obliteration of the road was required in the new license conditions of the El Dorado Hydroelectric Project. Twelve TU members, led by our very own Forest Service liaison, Jann Williams, planted more than 1000 trees and shrubs along a half-mile section of obliterated roadbed leading to a stream-side campground on Plum Creek. Among the species we planted were big-leaf maple, incense cedar, buckbrush, mountain dogwood, western hazelnut, douglas fir, California black oak and thimbleberry. The Forest Service is hoping to prevent drive-in use of the campground, and thereby reduce the potential for soil erosion and refuse deposition.
This restoration project is another step in Sac-Sierra Chapter's ongoing push to schedule more conservation projects. If you would like to help us on future projects, or have a project of your own in mind, please contact our Conservation Chair, Gary Slade, or any board member. The chapter needs your ideas and your participation if our coldwater fisheries are going to survive and thrive.
Plum Creek from our work area
by Sean Paul Golden, Chapter Member
On California Arbor Day, March 7th 2009, volunteers are needed to help plant up to 150 trees of all sizes, reforesting with native oaks in Elk Grove from 9 - noon. This is a wonderful event for families, teens and children. Sponsored by the Sacramento Tree Foundation, this will be the second year of Arbor Day planting with a goal to plant 5 million trees in the Sacramento Region by 2025. This initiative is called Greenprint, and is a partnership comprised of 22 cities and 6 counties to double the tree canopy over the next 40 years.
From an angler's perspective you know that trees are beneficial for not only water and air quality but also bug production/ life cycles with potential impacts to local fisheries. My vision is to get local fishery oriented conservation groups together, along with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, in hopes the Tree Foundation and its network of major partnerships (SMUD, City and County of Sacramento, and The Center for Urban Forest Research) will help plant our local watersheds and educate our local anglers. Stronger organized conservation efforts will help protect, educate and rebuild our local damaged fisheries.
Take a break from your tying bench and your local stream on March 7th and help plant a tree - your local fishery will reap the benefits.
[For further information, visit the Sacramento Tree Foundation website at www.sactree.com or contact Sean at 530-305-1423. If you are unable to participate March 7th, plantings at 2 other sites will occur March 21st.]