Putah Creek volunteer events return after year-long hiatus

Putah Creek Council volunteer stewardship events are back. On Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers helped remove litter along Putah Creek. (Leslie Allen/Courtesy photo)

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By Karyn Utsumi
Special to the Express

Putah Creek Council is excited to announce the return of community volunteer environmental stewardship events after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Putah Creek Council volunteers are responsible for many of the restoration efforts along Putah Creek and in the broader ecological communities of Yolo and Solano County.

Stewardship events came back with a bang on Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 18. Coastal Cleanup Day is a yearly, state-wide event organized by the California Coastal Commission to bring awareness to marine and riparian litter across California. Putah Creek Council has hosted cleanups on Putah Creek for over 30 years and has coordinated cleanup efforts with California Coastal Cleanup Day since 2004.

This year, the Council organized creek cleanups at three different sites in Yolo County, two in Winters and one in Davis. Between these three sites and with the help of almost 60 volunteers, the Council was able to collect 53 bags of trash, one large dresser, one refrigerator, a car backseat, and over 20 tires from Putah Creek.

Their stewardship events don’t end there. There are many volunteer opportunities to come for those who are interested in working with California native plants, learning restoration and conservation techniques, and protecting and enhancing Putah Creek.

Join Putah Creek Council at Winters Putah Creek Nature Park and help install tree cages to protect vulnerable native riparian trees from beaver herbivory on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Looking to work more closely with California native plants? On Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Council will be hosting a Native Plant Seeding and Mulching event at the City of Davis Putah Creek South Fork Preserve.

Putah Creek Council will also be holding a Tree and Shrub Planting Day at Lake Solano Park on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

They look forward to reconnecting with dedicated volunteers and welcoming new volunteers to the Putah Creek Council community. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

For more information about Putah Creek Council volunteer stewardship events or to register for upcoming events, visit Putah Creek Council’s website at www.putahcreekcouncil.org/calendar.

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