Tri-Valley Adopt a Creek Spot and Living Arroyos were honored this week for their efforts to restore and beautify local waterways and presented with the statewide Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Program Award.
Presented by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA), the award recognizes volunteers for picking up more than 45,000 gallons of litter and planting nearly 7,000 California native plant species near local creeks and rivers.
Joseph Steelman, coordinator for both programs, called it "an honor to be recognized by CASQA for the work we are doing in the Livermore-Amador Valley."
"What makes our programs stand out is the level of community engagement in the stewardship of our natural resources," Steelman said. "Whether it is through our public volunteer events or our internship program, we are providing avenues for people to learn about and get involved in improving their watershed. I am proud of what we have accomplished in the past eight years and the community that has grown up around this work."
Founded eight years ago by the city of Livermore's water resources division, Tri-Valley Adopt a Creek Spot sees volunteers including families, businesses and community organizations make a minimum one year commitment to regularly clean up litter at their adopted creek section. Many adopters also remove graffiti and mark storm drains to further enhance their section.
Volunteers manage a total of 13 adopted creek sections along Arroyo Las Positas, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Mocho and Altamont Creek in Livermore, and St. Mary's Creek and Arroyo del Valle in Pleasanton.
Living Arroyos was founded a year later and involves partnerships with the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, Zone 7 Water Agency, and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District. Riparian restoration work to enhance local streams is the primary focus of Living Arroyos, and the program's weekend volunteer workdays gave residents the opportunity to help with creek bank restoration while learning about local ecology. College students and young professionals are also employed by the program.
Most volunteer activities for both programs are currently on hold during the pandemic, but people interested in joining can email [email protected] to be added to an interest list. Learn about the programs on their websites: www.livingarroyos.org and www.trivalleycreeks.org.