April Activities!

Earth Day Festival: Saturday, April 20  –  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free fun for the family on Earth Day, which will take place at the Vallejo Farmers Market on Georgia Street at Marin. Jugglers, face painting, music, Loma Vista Farm Animals to pet, and the Vallejo Watershed Alliance touch tanks of “Critters of Lake Chabot.” Stop by the Vallejo Flood & Wastewater booth for information on less-toxic garden solutions (bring your old mercury fever thermometer and they’ll exchange it for a new digital model). Join us! And if you’d like to help out at the Alliance table, we’d love to have you, just let us know at info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Earth Day Creek Cleanup: Saturday, April 27  –  9 to 11 a.m.

Join us in a cleanup along Blue Rock Springs Creek in Vallejo. It’s a family friendly event (if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult). Park at the Wardlaw Dog Park parking, then follow the path behind the dog park and cross the bridge. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves and sunscreen. We’ll provide the tools, buckets, water and refreshments. RSVP to info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org

Lake Chabot Needs Your Help!

Volunteers help clear tules along the shores of Lake Chabot.

JOIN US on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to  noon

Dan Foley Community Park : Boat Launch

Families are coming to Lake Chabot soon for the Inner-City Fishing Program, and we need to do a little shoreline improvement so they can reach the water. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes (waders if you have them), hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide water and refreshments, as well as any tools that are needed. Enter the park at the east end of North Camino Alto, off Tuolumne past the Sutter Solano Medical Center. Please RSVP by emailing info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or calling (707) 652-7812.

Lake Dalwigk Cleanup

Saturday, Feb. 16     9 a.m. to noon

Major restoration efforts will improve wildlife habitat at Lake Dalwigk.

The weather is clearing up, so we’ll go ahead with the planned shoreline cleanup to support the great habitat restoration work already begun. Park on Fifth Street, and come down the stairs (closer to the Lemon Street end) that lead into the park. You’ll see us on the path. Wear clothes that can get muddy, rain boots if you have them, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring everything else! Questions? Email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 652-7812.

New Restoration Project: Lake Dalwigk!

Major restoration efforts will improve wildlife habitat at Lake Dalwigk.

Saturday, Jan. 19

9 a.m. to noon

An exciting new habitat enhancement project is starting at Lake Dalwigk, and the Vallejo Watershed Alliance needs your help! For this portion of the work, we will be taking small numbers of volunteers to the islands located in the park to plant native grass plugs. Other volunteers are needed for shoreline cleanup, and will have the opportunity to trade places with the planters on the island, if desired. RSVP is required for this event; please email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org for details. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes (tall rain boots or waders are strongly recommended for the island planting), hat, sunscreen and gloves. We will provide all the necessary tools, as well as refreshments. Parking is free along Fifth Street, on the west side of the park area, and we will meet at the staircase located across from 501 Fifth Street.

This project is being led by our partners at the Solano Resource Conservation District. They are also hosting a few small workdays on Thursdays in January. If you are interested in participating in those, please contact us at Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays!

Seasons greetings from the Vallejo Watershed Alliance! We have no meetings or work days planned for December; but mark your calendars for our next planting and restoration field day on Saturday, January 19. Thank you for your wonderful volunteer efforts throughout the year, and have a happy and safe holiday!

Help Birds in Hanns Park!

Maintaining the bird boxes in Hanns Park

DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to noon for the annual bird box monitoring and meadow refreshing!

We’ll see which birds used our boxes in the spring, and tidy them up for next year’s flock. In the meadow, we’ll do an easy trash pickup and remove some invasive non-native vegetation. We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. RSVP at Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 652-7812.

 

Trail Improvements in Hanns Park

Building a bark trail in the native grass meadow.

It’s time to refresh the bark path in the native grass meadow, so that park visitors can enjoy it and reduce damage to native plants. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

We’ll meet in Hanns Park (entrance lot is on Skyline off Redwood Parkway). Follow signs from parking lot a short walk to the native grass meadow. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org. See you there!

New Restoration Project!

Restoration planting

For this year’s annual planning meeting, we are delighted to welcome Chris Rose from the Solano Resource Conservation District (RCD). Since our last successful partnership to restore habitat in the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor, the RCD has secured a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to plant native vegetation around Lake Dalwigk. Chris will present an overview of the planned restoration work and we’ll discuss how best the Alliance can join in this important work. The presentation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. After that, we will calendar activities for the next twelve months. Free refreshments and parking.

Members of the public are invited to come for the presentation only or stay for the entire meeting. The meeting will take place on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dan Foley Cultural Center, Vista Room, at 1499 North Camino Alto. To RSVP, call 707.652.7812 or email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

 

Annual Park Cleanup & BBQ

Volunteers enjoying the great weather and food at the Blue Rock Springs Park BBQ.

On Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’ll be meeting at Blue Rock Springs Park (650 Columbus Parkway) for a cleanup of the lake and celebratory BBQ. Each year, the Alliance recognizes and thanks our volunteers with an easy morning in the park, followed by burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings. Join us for the cleanup or just for the BBQ at 11:00 … either way, you’ve earned it! RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or 707.652.7812.

Help Native Plants Thrive!

Restoration planting

Habitat restoration projects along the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor need your help before summer! Please join us on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Park in the Wardlaw Dog Park lot. Follow the path behind the dog park. Cross the bridge over the creek and turn right (west) along the path. Shortly after you cross under Oakwood Avenue, you’ll see our site at Mile Marker 0.69. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.