Giving Tuesday!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in LCWC Blog

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!!!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in LCWC Blog

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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Update on Laguna Creek Stream Corridor Vegetation Removal

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in LCWC Blog

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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