Rheem Creek

Restoration and Watershed Education Project, 2008-09









Rheem Creek Update!

Our Saturday, November 15 volunteer day had a fantastic turnout- nearly 40 enthusiastic volunteers showed up to plant more than 200 native plants.
Here are some photos from the day:

Good job everyone!!

The Rheem Creek Habitat Restoration and Watershed Education project is the culmination of years of engagement with the Rheem Creek watershed and its residents. Together with the Natural Heritage Institute, UCC helped facilitate the Rheem Creek Vision Plan, a community visioning and watershed assessment project that helped prioritize projects in the watershed.

Funded by the State Coastal Conservancy, Nature Restoration Trust and Rose Foundation, among others, the project had two main components: the revegetation of 500 feet of stream channel on the Contra Costa College campus and a student intern program that employed student-interns in an environmental education program.

Construction occurred in October 2008. Civicorps crews removed 1/2 an acre of invasive ivy from the stream channel, installed erosion control blankets and straw wattles and spread native grass seed over the soil. Our first volunteer day was in early November, with students from Kennedy High School led by EarthTeam.

Thanks to our funders:
State Coastal Conservancy
Nature Restoration Trust
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
East Bay Municipal Utility District
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and Fish & Wildlife Committee