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.

 

Spring Cleanup on Rindler Creek!

Rindler Creek Cleanup

Join us on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon for a creek cleanup! 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! Meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes, glove, hat and sunscreen. We will provide tools, trash bags, water, and refreshments. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Are you curious about the health of our local creeks and the role of citizen science in monitoring stream quality? Join us for a free presentation at our next Alliance meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District boardroom (450 Ryder St.). Patrick Edwards from Portland State University will provide expertise on community-based biomonitoring using aquatic insects. Dr. Edwards has over 20 years of experience teaching, has authored numerous scientific papers, and is the author of Field Guide to Stream Insects. If you are planning on joining us at this presentation, please RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

 

Earth Day Fun!

Earth Day 2018

Join us in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 in two ways!

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we’ll join more than 30 other vendors and organizations at our Earth Day Festival, which takes place from at the Farmers Market on Marin Street between Georgia and Virginia. The free fun includes jugglers, face painting, kids activities and music, Loma Vista Farm, and much more. Our table will feature Critters of Lake Chabot! Need more info? Visit www.ValcoreRecycling.org.

Also on Saturday, April 21, there will be a cleanup along Blue Rock Springs Creek from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide tools and refreshments. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The site captain is Don Broderson; you can contact him at jbhsmrb (at) sbcglobal.net.

Help Kids at the Lake Chabot Shoreline

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 your help with a little shoreline improvement so they can reach the water.  This event will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the boat launch in Dan Foley Community Park. 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.