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05 December 2011
It's not often that we re-publish national news, but this NPR report hits too close to home to not mention it. Every year we pull tons of trash (literally) from Putah Creek, including items as large as pianos and as small as cigarette butts. We often...
01 December 2011
On November 19 and 20, over 30 volunteers joined Putah Creek Council to plant along the recently completed channel in Winters. The project narrowed the channel between most of Winters Car Bridge and I505, and literally created acres of land for new trees...
10 November 2011
The oversight for community participation in cleaning up the UC Davis "Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research" (LEHR site) has shifted to the US EPA, Region 9. The LEHR site is on the south fork of Putah Creek just east of Old Davis Rd. It is a...
03 October 2011
We have finished rescueing fish from the restoration project area. Thank you to eveyone who helped! Below are links to various photographers' pictures to see what we found, and some of the amazing volunteers who helped: http://www.watershedportal. net/gallery...
01 September 2011
UDATE September 22, 2011: We did it!! When a Winters family presented a challenge to our community, the community responded en-masse with outstanding generosity. To date, we have recieved $3,405 in matching funds in response to our request. Thank you to...
26 August 2011
Arthur Shapiro's CreekSpeak in May, 2011, focused on butterflies of California. One butterfly, the charasmatic monarch, has become scarce in our region. I spotted a monarch chrysalys on a milk weed last month, and Center for Land Based Learning Staff spotted...
08 August 2011
When water enters Putah Creek Nature Park, it enters a deep old gravel pit, slows down, and warms up due to the lack of movement and shade. Just as a warm soda has fewer bubbles than a cool soda, warm water has less oxygen. Warm water is less productive for...
01 August 2011
Putah Creek was once a very flood-prone system, with storm flows reaching almost 375,000 gallons per second (50,000 cfs) once every five years. With Monticello Dam, current peak storm flows rarely exceed 74,500 gallons per second (10,000 cfs) because 90% of...
25 July 2011
In 2004 the Winters community began a series of meetings to identify priority projects for the lower 30 miles of Putah Creek. The community identified the Putah Creek Nature Park restoration project as the highest priority. Winters residents want to see fewer...
19 July 2011
Restoration can mean a lot of things: bringing something such as a landscape, a home, or a car back to its original glory. Restoration can also mean simply re-creating function—like restorative surgery—where the outcomes are expected to be better than before...

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