Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 19

CCD_VWA_Thumbnail.fwVallejo waterways need our help! Join hundreds of Vallejo residents on Coastal Cleanup Day, which will take place on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. There are twenty cleanup sites around Vallejo; you can find your site by calling (707) 645-8258 or emailing info@ValcoreRecycling.org. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen. Bring a refillable water bottle and a bucket if you have one, if not, there will be plenty of supplies on each site. If you are under 18, you will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, and be accompanied by an adult. See you there!

Meet your US Forest Service

The view of Mare Island from the US Forest Service Regional Office.

The view of Mare Island from the US Forest Service Regional Office.

Over the past several years, the Vallejo Watershed Alliance has hosted a series of presentations on restoration and water issues. This August, we are delighted to welcome Steve Dunsky and Miranda Hutten from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Miranda is the Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager at the USFS, and will talk about how the Service connects to our community through restoration projects and creek cleanups, and the importance of trees to maintain a healthy city. Steve is a producer and director of films and videos at the USFS, known for such groundbreaking films as Green Fire, The Greatest Good, and Butterflies and Bulldozers. He is also the mastermind behind Visions of the Wild, a unique celebration of wilderness on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. Steve will talk about Visions of the Wild H20, a celebration of water and watersheds, coming this October.

The USFS presentation will take place on Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Dan Foley Cultural Center/Vista Room. After 10 a.m., Alliance members will calendar events for the next twelve months. Members of the public are invited to come for the presentation or the entire meeting. All are invited; refreshments and parking are free. Please RSVP to info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 644-8949 ext. 292.

Celebrate with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance!

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

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

Every year, Alliance volunteers gather to celebrate the work of the year at Blue Rock Springs Park. You can spend an easy morning picking up trash around the lake (come at 9 a.m.); or just come for a burger or hotdog at 11:00 a.m.

This is your party! If you come for the lake cleanup, wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves and sunscreen. All volunteers welcome. Lunch is free, but PLEASE RSVP to (707) 654-1943 or email info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org so we know how much food to prepare.

Native Grass Meadow Improvement

Planting native shrubs in Hanns Park.

Planting native shrubs in Hanns Park.

Join us in Hanns Park on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. We’ll be readying the native grass meadow for summer by weeding and trimming.  Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen. Water, tools, and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org

Rindler Creek Needs You on May 16

Rindler Creek cleanup volunteers

Rindler Creek cleanup volunteers

Rindler Creek flows out of the hills to the east of Vallejo, down into Lake Chabot. It attracts a fair amount of trash, unfortunately, and it’s time for a spring cleaning! The cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen. We will provide tools, trash bags, water, and refreshments.

Participants under 18 must have a signed waiver (see Volunteer page). Please RSVP: info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org. See you there!

Two Ways to Celebrate the Earth

Creek cleanup volunteers

Creek cleanup volunteers

April offers two terrific ways to celebrate Earth! On Saturday, April 18 from 9-1 at the downtown Vallejo Farmers Market, there will be jugglers, face painting, native plants for sale, kids craft project and games and much more. Be sure to stop by the Vallejo Watershed Alliance table. Free; located on Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia. Earth_Day_Flyer_2015

On Saturday, April 25, from 9-noon, please join the Alliance and our countywide partners for a cleanup along Blue Rock Springs Creek. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing, hat, sunscreen, gloves. Bring refillable water bottle. Free refreshments. Park in the Wardlaw Dog & Skate Park across from Jesse Bethel High School and follow the path behind the dog park, crossing the bridge over the creek. VWA_2015_APR_Cleanup_Flyer

Lake Chabot Shoreline Improvements

Volunteers help clear tules along the shores of Lake Chabot.

Volunteers help clear tules along the shores of Lake Chabot.

Kids are coming to Lake Chabot soon for the Youth Fishing Derby, and we need to do a little shore line improvement so they can reach the water. Please join us on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. 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. We’ll meet at the boat launch ramp in Dan Foley Community Park. Enter the park at the east end of North Camino Alto, off Tuolumne near Sutter Solano Medical Center.

You Can Help Plant Trees!

Native plants are added to the Blue Rock Springs Creek corridor.

Native plants are added to the Blue Rock Springs Creek corridor.

Please join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance and the Solano Resource Conservation District for two planting restoration days in the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor. we’ll plant native grasses, shrubs, and trees. Join us on two Saturdays: January 17 and February 21, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Park at the Wardlaw Dog Park on Ascot Parkway (near Jesse Bethel High School). Follow the path behind the dog park and cross the small bridge. We’ll supply tools, water, and refreshments. Wear sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Check out this cool little movie about the events: http://youtu.be/I3Y1LSPfgCc.

Happy Holidays from the VWA!

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful holiday season. We’ll take a break this month, and be back at it in full force in January and February, prime planting season! Mark your new calendars now for important planting days on Saturday, January 17 and February 21.

Also, if you don’t like getting your hands dirty but love the whole Alliance thing, we could use you staffing the table at the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival on February 14-15. Just email info @ VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Let’s Finish the Trail!

Building the path in the native grass meadow.

Building the path in the native grass meadow.

We’ve prepared the site … now it’s time to lay the new trail down to help third graders get the most out of their watershed class in the spring. Please join us on Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Hanns Park. 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.