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Arroyo Mocho at Stanley Reach: Stream Bank Protection

Thank you Jesse from Shelterbelt Builders Inc. for our Willow Fascine Installation Training! We are hoping that these willow bundles will sprout and protect the Arroyo Mocho bank from continued erosion.

Step 1: Create a neat pile of small willow branches

Step 1: Create a neat pile of small willow branches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Bind willow branches together with rope

Step 2: Bind willow branches together with rope

Step 3: Transport willow fascine to the designated installation area

Step 3: Transport willow fascine to the designated installation area

Step 4: Place willow fascine along streambank

Step 4: Place willow fascine along streambank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Install willow fascine

Step 5: Install willow fascine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Secure willow fascine

Step 6: Secure willow fascine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Layer second willow bundle on top of the first bundle to enhance streambank protection from erosion.

Step 7: Layer second willow bundle on top of the first bundle to enhance streambank protection from erosion.

November 5th Volunteer Workday

For the past few weeks, Living Arroyos staff members have been hard at work mowing Stanley Reach. One of the primary objectives, is to promote the establishment of three distinct habitats within three zones: a riparian habitat closest to the channel (Zone A), a native grassland in the middle of the stream bank (Zone B), and an oak woodland at the top of the bank (Zone C).

Habitat zones at Stanley Reach

Habitat zones at Stanley Reach

On November 5th, 57 volunteers assisted the Living Arroyos field staff in raking up dead plant material in Zones A, B & C; and removing more Cocklebur plants in Zone A.

Volunteers hand weed Zone A

Volunteers hand weed Zone A

Volunteers raking Zones A, B & C

  Volunteers raking Zones A, B & C

In fact, we removed…drum-roll please…3, 780 gallons of plant material! 

Volunteers transporting dead plant material to the service roadPlant material ready for the green waste bin

Plant material ready for the green waste bin

Having fun!

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Thiseffort, created favorable conditions to seed native grasses in Zone B and space to plant more native riparian trees in Zone A. If you would like to join us in planting 200 riparian trees, please visit our volunteer page to register for our November 19th volunteer event.

Nov. 5th group photo

Nov. 5th group photo

We would like to welcome our first-time volunteers from the Global Leadership

Initiative group and the Las Positas College Student group to the Living Arroyos team!

We would also like to thank all of our volunteers for their gift of time and energy toward renewing riparian habitat as Stanley Reach.

 

We look forward to working will all of you again!

Living Arroyos New Interns!

Please join me in welcoming our new interns! Leonard Druker, Sierra Mathias and Tim Galanis are thrilled to be a part of this great program and are looking forward to improving the conditions of our local urban creeks.

Leonard

Leonard Druker joined LARPD during the month of October 2016 for the position of Park Enhancement Aide. He studied Environmental Studies while focusing on energy from San Jose State in December 2015. Since then, he has been gathering experience and working at a few companies. His long term goal is to hold a position related to energy development and research and reducing GHGs. Leonard loves to be outdoors, cooking, trying different foods, and traveling.

 

Sierra Mathias Photo

Sierra Mathias recently joined the LARPD as a Park Enhancement Aid in the Living Arroyos program. She graduated from UC Irvine in June 2016, with a double major in Urban Studies and Social Ecology. Someday she hopes to pursue a professional career in the field of land and wildlife conservation, connecting people to nature and preserving our natural resources for generations to come. In her free time, Sierra enjoys riding horses, hiking, cooking, and playing with her Corgi, named Guinness.

 

Tim's Picture

Tim Galanis is a Park Enhancement Aid and is a new addition to the Living Arroyos team. He earned his AA degree at Las Positas College and then graduated from CSU Eastbay in 2014 with a BA in Environmental Studies under the Physical Environment option. He wants to find a career that will allow him to work out in nature, help the environment, and utilize his education. When Tim isn’t working with the LARPD he works at his other job as a contractor collecting water samples for the USGS and likes to hiking, spending time doing various things outdoors, and spending time with his girlfriend.

Please give our interns a warm welcome to the Living Arroyos Program!