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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!

Volunteer Workday – October 22nd

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On October 22nd, The Living Arroyos Program hosted a private volunteer event with the Sai Baba group. 24 volunteers removed 1,260 gallons of invasive plants along the Arroyo Mocho at Stanley Reach.Volunteers established a systematic process for removing the targeted plant species, cocklebur. A group of volunteers removed these large plants by hand, another group placed the plant material in trash bags, and the third group assisted the Living Arroyos crew in preparing bags for delivery to LARPD’s green waste bin.

Volunteers hand weeding

Volunteers hand weeding

This was the Sai Baba’s group first time attending a Living Arroyos Volunteer Workday! Parents worked with their children, ranging from 4 years old to 13 years old, while teaching them the value of community service.

We want to send a special thank you, to our first-time volunteers for choosing to improve our local streams!

Family working together :)

Family working together :)

Oct. 22nd group photo

Oct. 22nd group photo

Touriga Creek Volunteer Day

Living Arroyos was excited to host our first volunteer workday at Touriga Creek in Pleasanton, California. 12 volunteers assisted Living Arroyos staff in sheet mulching a targeted area of the site to sustainably reduce the presence of non-native, invasive ivy.

As our muscles grew tired from shoveling, transporting and spreading mulch; volunteers encouraged one another to keep working. At one time, a young volunteer motivated his mom, saying “Come on mom, you can do it…just a little more to go”. After all of our hard work, we looked over the site with a sense of pride, knowing that we’d made a positive impact on the local environment. Even a few deer came by to marvel at the transformed riparian area.

Touriga Creek  Before

Touriga Creek
Before

Hand weeding ivy

Hand weeding ivy

Sheet mulching (step 1)

Sheet mulching (step 1)

sheet mulching (step 2)

sheet mulching (step 2)

Creating our mulch pile

Creating our mulch pile

 

transporting mulch

transporting mulch

 

 

shoveling mulch

shoveling mulch

 

Touriga Creek After

Touriga Creek
After

 

Yay! Mission complete

Yay! Mission complete