October 29, 2016

Cleanup: Plummer Creek Watershed (Oct 2016)

On October 8th, Newark Parks Foundation (NPF) spearheaded a Plummer Creek watershed conservation effort at Civic Center Park ("Library Park"), working with Hands-On Conservation program and the City of Newark to pick up trash (6 contractor bags!) and plant live oaks, maples, and CA native shrubs such a sonoma sage.

Plummer Creek is a 2.6-square-mile watershed that shares Newark Slough watershed's southern border and drains a small area of the urban flatlands of Newark and Fremont. A section of the watershed is at the rear of Library Park, nearby the railroad tracks. The watershed encompasses a beautiful open space and park, and NPF and its partners greatly appreciate the opportunity to share this asset with our community.

Our watersheds are beautifully captured below, thanks to countless hours in the field by Ansate Jones, a local Newarkian. To see more of her work, go to http://www.ansatejones.com/. Her work is complimented by Ej of Jumbo Banners in the well-chosen banner layout below. Great teamwork, ladies!

Both Plummer Creek and Newark Slough channels meander throughout our neighbors, and often put us at the doorsteps of our elementary schools. Thanks to maps by Fugro Consultants and Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, residents can locate their homes relative to these channels. These channels might provide us a fabulous opportunity to network our parks and improve walkability! We urge the city to explore this opportunity as part of its citywide parks masterplan.

A huge thank you to June Smith of Don Edwards Plant Nursery for propagating and donating the shrubs, Hands-On Conservation for the trees and planting expertise and leadership, and the City of Newark for prepping the impenetrable ground and providing mulch and compost. We especially appreciate the toil from our 17 volunteers on a very hot October day. Fortunately, mother nature thanked us with rain within days of planting.

We need leaders to spearhead events like this one! Volunteers are out there, waiting to be inspired, and partnerships and outreach/event tools are in place!  Help us, SHARE this page. info@newarkparks.org.

Photo credit:
Ansante Jones
http://www.ansatejones.com/

Photo credit:
Ansante Jones
http://www.ansatejones.com/