Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition

Advocates for Living Streams

Next Volunteer Cleanup:   Feb 18, 8:45-12

 Next Docent Training: Sun Feb 5, 9-12

Restore and Protect Our Streams for all to Enjoy!

Become a member or renew your annual membership with a secure, tax-deductible gift (suggested donation is $50 per membership). When you join the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, you’re supporting the efforts to make our creeks healthy and beautiful once again – reversing the damage done to them through decades of urban development – and creating opportunities to enjoy them in many ways. All members will receive our electronic newsletter three times a year and updates on our work.

Environmental Restoration

Trash Free North Coyote Creek

In July 2016, we began a one year project to achieve a trash free Coyote Creek in the five mile stretch between Watson Park and Tasman Drive in north San Jose.   We are recruiting volunteers from high schools, neighborhood and faith organizations and the corporate community  to remove trash identified in our trash surveys of the creek banks.    We are working closely with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley Water District to coordinate our efforts with their contractors to haul the trash we collect to a suitable landfill.

Unique to this year’s project is the participation of the homeless who live along the creek.  Through the organizing efforts of the Coyote Creek Homeless Stream Stewards, the homeless have removed 58,000 pounds of trash in the 9 month period between October 2015 and July 2016.  Their help is essential in enabling the volunteer groups to achieve the trash free goal.

This project also has an educational component to create a docent walks, talks and boating trips along Coyote Creek.

Fish Passage Improvement Project on Stevens Creek

We assisted the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail to secure a Water District grant to create a plan with budget to address fish migration problems along Stevens Creek running from Cupertino to  Mountain View.   Kickoff meeting of stakeholders is scheduled for September 2016.

Fish Passage and Habitat Improvements on Coyote Creek

We assisted the Campus Community Association to secure a Water District Grant to create a plan to address fish migration and habitat issues at the Metcalf Ponds on Coyote Creek.  This complex of ponds is owned by the Water District and the County of Santa Clara and was indentified as a high priority in 2003.    Kickoff meeting is scheduled for October 2016.

Invasive Plant Removal and Native Plant Revegetation on Coyote Creek

We assisted Working Partnerships USA to secure a Water District grant to evaluate the costs and feasibility to hire the homeless to remove invasive non-native plants, such as the Giant Reed, for the banks of Coyote Creek and replace them with native plants.   The intent of the project is to achieve environmental enhancement of the creek and to help the homeless along the creek achieve the work skills necessary to empower them to secure gainful employment in the landscape management business and thereby relocate to off-creek stable secure healthy housing.  By relocating the homeless to off creek locations, the pollution and vegetative impacts of homeless occupation of the creeks will be eliminated.

                Native Plant Garden and Butterfly Habitat Project

Inspired by the recent tour of the ACTERRA native plant garden on Stevens Creek at McClellan Ranch, we are developing a proposal for a similar native plant and butterfly Habitat Garden on Coyote Creek.  We have begun exploratory conversations with the Coyote Creek Neighborhood Association to develop such a garden as part of the Shady Oaks Park Master Plan Implement

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