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On February 26, 2017, The Orinda Association will honor Brian Waters with the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award for his tireless efforts in restoring rainbow trout to San Pablo and Lauterwasser creeks. Brian is a fisheries biologist and a long-time board member for Friends of Orinda Creeks.
Trout return to San Pablo Creek!
December, 2016. It has been many years since rainbow trout were spotted in San Pablo Creek in Orinda – until last week. For over ten years, Fisheries biologist Brain Waters and Wildlife biologist Professor Reg Barrett have maintained that San Pablo Creek in Orinda is potential habitat for rainbow trout. They were proved right after EBMUD reported over 100 trout ranging in length from 10-14 inches near the Orinda Filter Plant. This occurred shortly after EBMUD cleared root wads and other debris and removed the metal obstructions in the sluice gate opening of the small (12-foot high) dam just upstream of Bear Creek Road - in time for rainbow trout to swim upstream for spawning season.
Besides the pleasure of seeing these large fish swimming in our creeks, they are one of the best indicators of creek health. Friends of Orinda Creeks (FOC) has been in negotiation with EBMUD for many years to see this happen and pressed for providing an opening for fish and regular maintenance of the dam.
Sluice gate opening when clear, which is not very often.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, Friends of Orinda Creeks installed a brand new interpretive sign in the Orinda Community Park near the tot structure. It features pictures of San Pablo Creek in downtown Orinda, local wildlife, a map of Orinda's watershed, and information about the creek. The sign was produced and installed in partnership with the City of Orinda.
Friends of Orinda Creeks had two outstanding groups of volunteers on Orinda Action Day. One group picked up trash along Moraga Creek at Del Rey Elementary and the other group worked at San Pablo Creek in downtown Orinda. The 26 volunteers together cleaned up 510 pounds of trash and removed 20 pounds of invasive Scotch Broom.
Special kudos to Walker, Jeff and Jeff's son, Alex, for braving the treacherous slope on the Camino Pablo side of the creek to pick up trash. And to Lisa, Bob, Barry, Harvey, and Tom for their merciless attack on the Scotch Broom.
A hearty thank you to all of our volunteers for the much-needed cleanup!