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Zone 7 Flood Preparedness Open House

The weather is starting to cool off — are you ready for the rains?

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018,  from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Zone 7 is hosting a Flood Preparedness Open House, which includes participation from the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore; Alameda County;  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

  • There are various displays and information about what you can do to be flood-prepared, along with what Zone 7 has done to prepare its regional flood-protection system.
  • There will be a “Meet Your Watershed” table and even a short video on the history of the Valley and development of the watershed.
  • Zone 7 staff will be on-hand to answer your questions.
  • Attend a “Get to Know Your Flood Protection and Watershed” Tour.
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided and there will be some activities for kids.

More information on Zone 7’s website:

Pre-registration is welcome, but not required.

Flood Preparedness Week

October 20th, 2018: Mulching the oak trees at the Stanley Reach

Thirty six volunteers helped us spread mulch around our oak trees and weeded 360 gallons of stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens) from the Stanley Reach today, thank you! We also celebrated the season with costumes and a scavenger hunt for pumpkins! Mulching is a great way to build soil by introducing organic matter and beneficial organism to the soil; it also suppresses weeds that would shade our oak trees and compete for water and nutrients.

Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens) is an incredibly voracious weed, the article at UC Davis explains the expanding range of this invasive species. Stinkwort loves to grow in areas that have been disturbed by human development and will quickly take over an area, crowding out the native species that are trying to gain a foothold. Invasive species often do not have predators that eat them or pathogens that plague them, it is up to us to control their population.
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October 6th, 2018 Touriga Creek Clean-up

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Fifteen volunteers helped us clean Touriga Creek on October 6th 2018. We removed 61 gallons of trash and 21 gallons of recyclables, great job! This work prevents plastic debris from washing downstream into the San Francisco Bay. Plastic waste in our oceans is becoming a serious problem but we can work together to be better stewards of our local watershed and of the Earth.

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