Michael Stauffer of Streaminders talks about a project to restore the riparian vegetation along a stretch of Big Chico Creek near Caper Acres in Bidwell Park, which involved replacing 50 tons of concrete and asphalt. The organization and the city of Chico had an information table and offered tours of the area Saturday. The work continues and volunteers are need to help with the restoration. (Story and photo from Sept. 23, 2007 Chico Enterprise-Record).
Dr. Tom Griggs, senior restoration ecologist with River Partners in Chico, points out that the human species may now have itself backed up against the wall. Unless we actively manage California landscapes to promote and maintain what ecologists call “ecosystem services,” hope will not spring eternal. 11/06/08
In an average year, 27 inches of rainwater falls on Chico. Each year, the California Water Service supplies 9.85 million gallons of water pumped from the Tuscan aquifer below Chico—and thousands upon thousands of gallons that roll off rooftops (4,492 gallons per 2,000 square feet) are essentially thrown away. That is some of the cleanest water around, yet many of our roofs dump that pure water into roadways, where it is mixed with dirty water and dumped into our creeks. 02/21/08
Student volunteers began cleanup of a 17-acre, empty, city-owned lot that used to house a gravel quarry during the construction of Highway 99. Now the lot mostly houses concrete covered in weeds, oak trees and yellow starthistle.
To clean up the property, the Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance, the Mechoopda Tribe, Streaminders, Chico State University and Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) collaborated a large scale project to remove invasive plants and restore the site to wetlands, grassland and oak woodlands. 09/30/07