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Putah Creek Council Receives Support from Raley’s for the One Creek Intern Program

Putah Creek Council is pleased to once again work in partnership with Raley’s in support of our One Creek Putah Creek Restoration Internship, Adopt-a-Flat program and our Watershed Nursery, supporting our 30 years of advocacy, education and stewardship throughout the Putah/Cache watershed.

 The One Creek | Putah Creek Restoration Internship program is unique because it brings together all the summer restoration interns working for three organizations along Putah Creek (Putah Creek Council, U.C. Davis, and Solano County Water Agency (SCWA)) for several joint watershed protection and restoration projects. Each summer, the Council coordinates eight plant propagation events at the Putah Creek Native Plant Nursery and eight joint watershed protection/restoration projects in the Lower Putah Creek watershed. This partnership enables us to offer interns more exposure to professionals working in the field of restoration, a higher diversity of project sites, and different types of restoration activities, ultimately increasing the value of their internship.

Putah Creek Council’s Adopt-a-Flat Education Program teaches 4th grade students in Yolo and Solano Counties about environmental stewardship through two in-class lessons, a hands-on service project, and a half-day field trip to a local habitat area. This program has been successfully growing plants and the next generation of environmental stewards in local classrooms since its inception in 2007.

The Putah Creek Native Plant Nursery has been run through a highly successful partnership between the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee (LPCCC), CAL FIRE, and the Council since 2008. Supported by Solano County Water Agency, plant sales, and small grants, the nursery has engaged and educated hundreds of volunteers in Yolo and Solano counties and the surrounding areas in growing locally sourced, native plants for habitat enhancement and restoration. All plants in the nursery are propagated from seeds and cuttings taken from plants in the Putah-Cache bioregion, and grown by community volunteers.

“Raley’s is proud to support Putah Creek Council.  Their efforts to protect and enhance Putah Creek, its watershed, and tributaries are crucial to the sustainability of agriculture and our ecosystem,” said Megan Riggs, Community Coordinator for Raley’s.  “Through advocacy, education and community stewardship, they are teaching individuals of all ages the importance of preserving land, the power of pollination and an appreciation of diverse communities.”

This valuable partnership supports Putah Creek Council’s mission to protect and enhance Putah Creek, its watershed and tributaries through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship. Through Raley’s ongoing support of each of these programs, Putah Creek Council will be able to work with 15 One Creek Interns, bring over 150 students out into the watershed, 400 volunteers through the Watershed Nursery and stewardship and propagate more than 30,000 plants.