October Workday Cancelled

Due to the extraordinary circumstances last week, and the continued uncertainty of air quality here in Vallejo, we have decided to cancel this Saturday’s workday. Instead, we encourage you to continue supporting our North Bay community in all of the ways that you have been. If you’re looking for hands-on work, there are two opportunities to consider this weekend:

  • There are still more than 200 animals at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. If you wish to help, the most updated needs are posted here: http://www.scfair.com/EvacCenter2017.html
  • Hope 4 Kids International builds deep water wells in Uganda. Benicia’s Northgate Church is sponsoring its annual Walk 4 Water this Saturday to raise funds for this worthy cause. Church members have been to Uganda to see and help build these wells, so the organization is well-vetted and does what it claims to do. Details are here: http://www.scfair.com/EvacCenter2017.html

Thank you, and we’ll see you in Hanns Park in November!

Identify Invasives!

Invasive fennel in Hanns Park

Two great projects will be addressed this month: we will identify weeds in the Alliance’s native meadow so that we can effectively address them with GVRD’s help. We’ll also need a couple of volunteers to walk the path and identify mile information for the new sign posts. To join us, park in the Hanns Park parking lot on Skyline at Redwood. Follow the signs a short walk up the pathway. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools.

For more information, or to RSVP, call 707.644.8949 ext. 1610 or email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.


Time for Coastal Cleanup!

Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

Join hundreds of Vallejo residents along beaches, lake shores and creek banks. There are more than 15 sites all over Vallejo. You can join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance site at Fairgrounds Drive/Coach Lane, or you can call (707) 645-8258 to find a site near you. Everyone can help! It’s easy and fun. The event will take place Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. A free lunch for volunteers will take place at the Vallejo Marina Office at noon.

Habitat Restoration Strategies

Planting native shrubs in Hanns Park.

Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dan Foley Cultural Center, 1499 North Camino Alto.

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 Rich Marovich, Streamkeeper and member of the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee for the Solano County Water Agency. Rich will be talking about weed control as a habitat restoration strategy, i.e., what plants to put in when invasive weeds have been removed. The presentation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.

After that, 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. Free refreshments and parking. Please RSVP to info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 644-8949 ext. 1610.

July Volunteer Opportunities

The Alliance has two great events in July:

Cleanup volunteers

On Sunday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’re meeting in Dan Foley Park at the boat launch for a cleanup on Lake Chabot. We’ll be tackling both shoreline and the water itself, so feel free to bring a canoe or kayak if you’re going to be on the water. Otherwise, bring a bucket for the bank cleanup if you have one. Wear closed toe shoes, sturdy clothes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. This event is a partnership with the Alliance, Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Friends of Lake Chabot, Solano Sierra Club, and the Solano Resource Conservation District. BBQ for volunteers provided by the Solano Sierra Club. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or 707.373.1766.

Annual Vallejo Watershed Alliance BBQ at Blue Rock Springs Park.

On Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, we’ll be meeting at Blue Rock Springs Park 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 707.644.8949 ext. 292.

Help Native Plants Thrive!

Volunteers planting native shrubs at Hanns Park.


9:00 a.m. to Noon

Habitat restoration projects along the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor need your help before summer! 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. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. Email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org for more details.


Spring Cleanup at Rindler Creek

Rindler Creek cleanup volunteers

Saturday, May 13

9:00 a.m. to Noon

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!

We’ll meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. Wear sturdy clothes and shoes, glove, hat and sunscreen. Bring a bucket if you have one. We will provide tools, trash bags, water, and refreshments. To RSVP, email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Earth Day Festival and Creek Cleanup

Join us!

The Alliance celebrates Earth Day twice in April!

On Saturday, April 15, we join more than 30 other vendors and organizations at our Earth Day Festival, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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.

Please join us for a creek cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Park at the Wardlaw Dog Park, then follow the path behind the park and across the bridge. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll provide tools and refreshments. Cleaning up Blue Rock Springs Creek is a  great activity for the whole family! Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more, email info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Help Kids at Lake Chabot Shoreline!

Volunteers remove tules at Lake Chabot before the Youth Fishing Derby.

Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Dan Foley Community Park : Boat Launch

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. 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) 644-8949 ext. 292.


San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival is Here!

Flyway Festival

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival is an annual celebration of the return of shorebirds, waterfowl, hawks, and songbirds to our area. This free event focuses on the ecosystem we live in and the wildlife that inhabits it. There will be exhibits and interactive activities provided by more than 75 nature and kid-oriented organizations.Stop by the Vallejo Watershed Alliance table at the Wildlife Expo. If you are interested in helping staff the table and talk to visitors about the work of the Alliance, please contact us at info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org, and we’ll find a shift that works for you. The event will take place, rain or shine, at Building 221: 880 Walnut Avenue on Mare Island.