CreekSpeak examines Giant Reed in area waterways

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By Karin Young Education Coordinator, Putah Creek Council/Special to the Express

CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region, dives into local plant issues on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Winters Community Library Parsons Room at 708 Railroad Avenue with “Giant Reed: A Growing Problem in Our Creeks.”

Yolo County Resource Conservation District Executive Director Heather Nichols and Project Manager Tanya Meyer will be our speakers. They work with local landowners to combine restoration practices with agricultural uses to find solutions that benefit people, habitats, and wildlife.

Invasive plants are a huge problem throughout the natural world, including in Yolo and Solano Counties. One of the worst invaders is giant reed (Arundo donax), which is found in most of our local waterways. Learn about its effects on riparian ecology and get an overview of the problem in the Putah-Cache Watershed.  The speakers will also discuss solutions and riparian habitat restoration.

CreekSpeak talks alternate between the Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library at 315 E. 14th Street and the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room. CreekSpeak talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the Council.

More information about the 2018 CreekSpeak schedule is available at putahcreekcouncil.org or by calling the Putah Creek Council office at 530-795-3006.

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