Creek restoration planning topic of CreekSpeak talk

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CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region, continues on Thursday, July 20, with a presentation on restoration planning by Putah Creek streamkeeper Rich Marovich and Stewardship Coordinator Amy Williams.

Multiple organizations along Putah Creek are partnering to develop conceptual restoration plans through a state-funded Proposition 1 grant. This CreekSpeak event will provide a look into the scientific review process behind the resulting plans, and explore how these visions for the creek’s future might take shape.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Winters Community Library in the Margaret Parsons Room. Rich and Williams will be our guides as we get a behind-the-scenes tour of how ideas can become concrete restoration plans.

As streamkeeper, Marovich is charged with overseeing fish and wildlife monitoring as well as protecting and enhancing the habitat of Lower Putah Creek. He is also a Senior Environmental Scientist with Cal/EPA and co-manages with Putah Creek Council a native plant nursery in Davis.

Williams directs stewardship activities for Putah Creek Council’s volunteers and has been assisting with the scientific review process behind the restoration plan development.

CreekSpeak events are at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month and alternate between the Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library (315 E. 14th Street) and the Winters Community Library Margaret Parsons Room (708 Railroad Avenue). 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.

Future 2017 CreekSpeak presentations include:

~  Aug. 17: Local Dragonflies of the Putah Creek Drainage, with Greg Kareofelas

~  Sept. 21: The Tending & Gathering Garden, with Cache Creek Conservancy

~  Oct. 19: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation on Serpentine Soils, with Susan Harrison

More information about these presentations is available at www.putahcreekcouncil.org, or by calling the Putah Creek Council office, 795-3006.

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