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Giving Tuesday!

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Giving Tuesday!

Dear Friends of Laguna Creek, Would you consider making a donation to our watershed council? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday, a day celebrated around the world that focuses on making contributions to charitable organizations and community non-profits. The LCWC has worked for over 10 years to protect and enhance the many benefits of Laguna Creek and surrounding waterways. We have: Responded to the concerns of 1000s of individuals about the clear cutting of reaches of Laguna Creek near Bond and Elk Grove Florin Roads. We had multiple meetings with the City of Elk Grove and thanks to everyone’s support, the City is now developing a Creek Corridor Management Plan and will rehabilitate the damaged reaches, Worked with community residents, churches, and high school students to hold creek clean-ups each year, Sponsored family-oriented Cruise the Creek events, constructed and installed bird/duck boxes, and educated community members about the wildlife that frequents our local waterways, Provided input to Elk Grove on multiple development projects, in an effort to make them creek-friendly, and Hosted educational events on river friendly landscaping and green gardening. Future plans include: Updating our website and improving outreach and educational opportunities for watershed residents and teachers and their students, Applying for grants to undertake restoration projects along important reaches of the Laguna and neighboring creeks, and Continuing to work with community partners, local schools, and local municipalities, especially the City of Elk Grove, to protect and enhance our local creeks. Our creek corridors provide outstanding recreational opportunities right in our neighborhoods as well as valuable habitat for wildlife. Your financial support can help us continue to serve as advocates for our local creeks. Please make a donation of any size here:      ...

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Great Sierra River Cleanup 2017!!!

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Great Sierra River Cleanup 2017!!!

Join together with your neighbors and friends to help clean up rivers and streams that drain to the ocean as part of the statewide Great Sierra River Cleanup.  Trash from local creeks like Laguna Creek and Elk Grove Creek eventually travel to the California coast and out to the Pacific Ocean. This year the Laguna Creek Watershed Council is hosting two sites – Laguna Creek and Elk Grove Creek. We will clean the creeks on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9am to noon. Laguna Creek – Meet at the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area bridge on Jacinto Avenue by North Laguna Creek Park. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/igzNRNk Elk Grove Creek – Meet at Oneto Park, 9477 Hidden Hollow Ct., Elk Grove, CA   Sign up at http://signup.com/go/icKUByY Wear comfortable shoes and protective clothing, and bring gloves, a bucket/large trash bag, and water if you can.  For questions, contact Cathy Lemelin (clemelin at pacbell dotnet or cell (916) 216-4012)....

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CRUISE THE CREEK! May 7, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM

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CRUISE THE CREEK! May 7, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM

Join us on a bird-box building, creek exploring adventure!...

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Update on Laguna Creek Stream Corridor Vegetation Removal

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Update on Laguna Creek Stream Corridor Vegetation Removal

In response to recent vegetation removal along Laguna Creek, members of the LCWC met with the Director of Public Works, Bob Murdoch, and city staff this past week. The Council presented a strategy for reaching the goal of stabilizing and re-vegetating the banks of Laguna Creek south of the Bond Road bridge.  We had a very productive discussion and came to agreement on a direction moving forward. The City agreed to retain an environmental consulting firm with expertise in creek restoration/rehabilitation to assess the situation and develop a plan to re-vegetate the corridor and control the spread of non-native Himalayan blackberries, one of the original goals of the vegetation “mowing”.  The plan to be developed by the consultant will also consider the diverse uses of the corridor and the interests of the community.  The plan will address the multiple functions of the creek corridor, including flood flow conveyance, safety for local homeowners, and enhancing wildlife and bird habitat – a key issue for the LCWC.  Maintaining the natural look and feel of the creek corridor will also be considered as this is one of the many reasons why hikers and bikers enjoy using Laguna Creek trails. To begin the process, members of the LCWC will meet with city staff to identify and select an appropriate consultant – a firm with a track record of successfully addressing this type of issue. The first meeting is planned for the last week of January.  Once the consultant is on board, a public information process will be established to obtain community input and ideas. A very constructive meeting! Stay tuned for more information!!   Looking south from the Bond Road bridge   All the erosion-control straw placed over the denuded areas was washed away...

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Preregister for the WaterSmart Landscape Workshop!

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Preregister for the WaterSmart Landscape Workshop!

Join us for a WaterSmart Landscape Workshop.  Space is limited, so be sure to preregister. More information: www.ecolandscape.org Click here to pre-register.  ...

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Swallows In The House!

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Swallows In The House!

Hello, Watershed! Just wanted to follow up on the report about our preseason bird box check and maintenance we wrote about here. Last week we noticed that a pair of tree swallows were shuttling nest material into one of our newly installed passerine boxes.  We decided to set up with a camera over the weekend and this is what we found: tree swallow peeking out of passerine box If you look carefully, you can see the nesting material poking out of the cracks in the box.  We will continue to monitor the boxes and share what we find with you.  We have also scheduled a second bird box building and installation event for May 22nd.  You can see the write up from last year’s event here.  This year’s event will take place at Zimbelman Park at 9:30 AM.  Plan to come out an join us! tree swallow entering box with nesting material...

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Spring In Full Swing!

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Spring In Full Swing!

Spring is in full swing along Laguna Creek (even though it is officially still winter). The western redbuds are in bloom and the interior live oaks are also in bloom and sprouting new leaves. The fields of mustard are magnificent and other wild flowers are starting to show up.     During an hour long walk along the section of Laguna Creek between the Jacinto pedestrian bridge and Franklin Blvd.  the following birds were seen:  killdeer, great egrets, snowy egrets, Canada geese, coots, mallards, 3 red shouldered hawks, an acorn woodpecker, and of course, lots of western scrub jays and mockingbirds. At the Bufferlands (viewed from the bridge over Franklin Blvd.) a flock of 17 wild turkeys was seen. They eventually took flight one after another to cross the creek. Cliff swallows were also seen at the bridge.     Spring is a great time to visit the creek – to exercise, to observe and study nature, and to take a mental break from busy and sometimes stressful lives.  ...

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Early Season Bird Box Check

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Early Season Bird Box Check

A few weeks ago two LCWC board members ventured out to check on the bird boxes that had been installed last May along the stretch of Laguna Creek between Waterman Rd. and Elk Grove-Florin Blvd. All attendees of the event in May 2015 had a great time assembling the boxes in Jack Hill Park and then installing them along the creek.  You can read about it here.  No birds had used the boxes which was expected since they had been installed late in the nesting season.  New wood shavings were added to the boxes as needed.  All of the boxes were in good shape with the exception of some vandalism damage to one of the Wood Duck boxes.  Future outings will be planned for bird box maintenance and installing new boxes....

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Leave the Rake in the Shed!

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Leave the Rake in the Shed!

What to do with leaf litter…… The leaves on neighboring trees have turned color and are falling to the ground. Time to get out the rake??? That’s what most of us are used to doing. But consider leaving the leaves where they fall. There are many environmental benefits to leaving leaves in the garden/lawn that are described in this article from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Like rain runoff that we used to think was a nuisance but now realize it is a great resource; leaves provide backyard habitat, increase soil nutrients (less fertilizer needed)…..these and other benefits of leaves are described in the Cornell article. Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Lisa Brown...

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