Focus on Lake Dalwigk

Sarah McKibbin & Chris Rose, Solano Resource Conservation District, at Lake Dalwigk.
Photo by Doug Darling.

Saturday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m.

Dan Foley Cultural Center – Vista Room – 1461 N. Camino Alto

Significant improvements are coming to Lake Dalwigk, and the Vallejo Watershed Alliance and its partners will give a brief history of the lake and past/current improvement projects, then share what’s ahead for residents and volunteers. The City of Vallejo, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District and the Solano Resource Conservation District worked together with Ghirardelli Associates to secure nearly $4.8 million from CalTrans to fund the project, which will include new restrooms, accessibility, path and culvert improvements, lighting, and more. Representatives from each of these agencies will be on hand to present their perspective and answer questions.

Show Me the Money

Navigating the complex world of habitat restoration funding in the Bay Area

In addition to the project overview and volunteer opportunities, we’ll also have a special presentation from Rebecca Schwartz-Lesberg, who will provide an overview of the major sources of public funding for habitat conservation and how to apply for them, including what makes an application stand out in a competitive grant program.

This program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 652-7812.

Helping and Celebrating!

The Alliance will host two events in July, and we’d love to see you at either or both!

On Tuesday, July 5 (9-noon), Friends of Lake Chabot and Vallejo Watershed Alliance volunteers will meet at the Dan Foley Community Park boat launch to help the park recover from the weekend of Independence Day parties. Each year, hundreds of people come to the park to celebrate and watch the Six Flags fireworks, and a significant amount of extra litter accumulates around the shoreline; GVRD will have staff there but could use some extra hands for this one!

On Saturday, July 16 (9-noon), we celebrate you! Vallejo Watershed Alliance volunteers are invited to join us for a Thank You Lunch at Blue Rock Springs Park (Trailside Site picnic area between the parking lot and the lake). We start at 9 a.m. with an easy cleanup around the lake and park if you want, and have an early lunch to thank you for being with us throughout the year and helping make Vallejo a cleaner and safer place. If you can’t make it to the cleanup, you’re still welcome for lunch at 11:00, we’d love to see you. Please RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org to let us know you are coming, so we can be sure to have enough food for all.

For both events, wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring all the necessary supplies and refreshments. Email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org with any questions. See you out there!

Hanns Park Habitat Restoration

Please join us on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, to support a habitat restoration project along Blue Rock Springs Creek.

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

Location: 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.

More Info: Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. We’ll bring water, refreshments, and tools. To RSVP or for more information, email Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Rindler Creek Cleanup

Join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance for a cleanup at Rindler Creek on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. We’ll meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane.

Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. Water, refreshments, and tools will be provided. Volunteers under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The waiver can be found on the Volunteer page of this website. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

See you there!

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 16 9 a.m. to noon

Celebrate Earth Day and enhance one of Vallejo’s most beautiful waterways: Blue Rock Springs Creek flows year-round and occasionally needs a hand … yours!

Park for free at the Wardlaw Dog Park lot, then follow the path behind the dog park and cross the bridge. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. It’s a family-friendly event (if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult).

We’ll provide tools, buckets, water and refreshments. RSVP to info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 652-7812. See you there!

Lake Chabot Needs Your Help!

Saturday, March 19 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.

Glen Cove Restoration

Saturday, February 19 9 a.m. to noon

The Vallejo Watershed Alliance is delighted to partner with the Solano Resource Conservation District, GVRD, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to continue work on the new habitat enhancement project at the Glen Cove Waterfront Park.

We are working on the planting plan for that day; a beach and park cleanup is included in the activity. We hope you’ll join us!

Wear sturdy clothes and closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Water, refreshments, and tools will be provided. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Lake Dalwigk Restoration

Major restoration efforts are improving wildlife habitat at Lake Dalwigk.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 9 a.m. to Noon

Work continues on the major habitat restoration project at Lake Dalwigk … and we’d love your help! For this portion of the project, we will be supporting the newly-planted trees, planting native grass plugs if possible, and removing trash from the lake.

Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen and gloves. We will provide all the necessary tools, as well as refreshments. Park on Fifth Street (at the Lemon St. end), near Lake Dalwigk Park. Walk down steps into park. Please RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org or call (707) 652-7812.

PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITY! The City of Vallejo, GVRD, Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District, Vallejo Watershed Alliance, and the Solano Resource Conservation District are preparing a grant application to beautify and improve Lake Dalwigk Park and the surrounding area. The objective of the proposed project is to improve access and the amenities of the park, such as path improvements, lighting, dog waste and water stations, etc. We would love your input! We’ll have surveys and information available at this event. If you cannot attend, please fill out the survey online. Thank you!

Seasons Greetings

Happy holidays and grateful thanks to all of you who worked with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance in 2021.

It was another challenging year, but DIY Cleanups were a great success in the early months, and we were thrilled to get back to in-person events later in the spring. (As always, if anyone wants to do their own mini cleanup, just let us know and we’ll make sure you have what you need.)

Over the course of the year, with your help, the Watershed Alliance hosted cleanups and/or habitat enhancement projects at Lake Dalwigk, Lake Chabot and Hanns Park, along Rindler Creek and Blue Rock Springs Creek. We celebrated summer with a BBQ at Blue Rock Springs Park, hosted a Lake Chabot informational meeting, participated in Coastal Cleanup Day, and kicked off a wonderful new project with the Solano Resource Conservation District and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation at Glen Cove Waterfront Park.

Our next event will take place on Saturday, January 15 — we’ll be planting salt grass and creeping wild rye at Lake Dalwigk, and will be sure to send out a reminder with all the details in early January.

We wish you a joyous and healthy holiday season and look forward to 2022 with great anticipation.

Restoring Native Plants in Glen Cove

Saturday, November 20 9 a.m. to noon

The Vallejo Watershed Alliance is delighted to partner with the Solano Resource Conservation District and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to kick off planting for their new habitat enhancement project at the Glen Cove Waterfront Park.

A representative of the Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department will be on site and will give a briefing before the planting begins.

We will plant an 8-10 foot band of native grasses and shrubs along the top edge of the waterfront slope to help reduce erosion, and we hope you’ll join us!

Wear sturdy clothes and closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Water, refreshments, and tools will be provided. RSVP to Info@VallejoWatershedAlliance.org.

Interested in learning more about this project?

The Solano Resource Conservation District is hosting a community outreach webinar on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. For more information and the meeting’s zoom link, visit this webpage: www.solanorcd.org/glen-cove