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.

Trail Improvements

Building a bark trail in the native grass meadow.

Building a trail in the native grass meadow.

Last year, the Vallejo Watershed Alliance successfully built a new trail in Hanns Park so that third graders on their Watershed Explorer field trips could stay focused and reduce damage to the native plants. The path worked brilliantly, and now needs to be refreshed for the upcoming season.

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.

 

Coastal Cleanup Day is Here!

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Join us hundreds of Vallejo volunteers for this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Vallejo Watershed Alliance will be cleaning Rindler Creek (Fairgrounds Drive at Coach Lane), but there are other sites available as well; call (707) 645-8258 to find your site today!

Learn About the Drought

CreekAnnual Planning Meeting             Sat., August 16 – 9 a.m. to Noon

We are very excited to announce that Alex Rabidoux from the Solano County Water Agency and Pam Sahin from the City of Vallejo Water Division will be our guest speakers this year. Alex will provide an overview of California and Solano water supplies and concerns, while Pam will discuss Vallejo’s water from a supply and water rights perspective. The water talk will comprise the first half of the morning, later we’ll prioritize and calendar workdays and research projects for the next twelve months. The event will take place in the Vista Room of the Cultural Center at Dan Foley Park. All are welcome; free refreshments.