Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed
The Pinole Creek Watershed unifies a diverse community that is actively involved in its stewardship. Pinole Creek is a central feature of the landscape, and hosts a healthy riparian habitat, including a native steelhead trout population. Its clean waters are safe for children to play in, a creek-side trail links parks, schools, and neighborhoods.
Our goals are to increase awareness and to provide quality educational opportunities for the general public to study the value of this natural resource and to accumulate and afford financial support for these goals. We will promote and support the identification, assessment and monitoring and contibute to the restoration planning process of Pinole Creek, its watershed and wetlands.
Last month the FoPCW board members and committee leaders held an online meeting. We're excited about our work on several projects, however we must postpone public gatherings until the shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
We want to encourage you during the coronavirus crisis to safely get outdoors and walk along the creek. There is rest and peace in watching the ducks or egrets, looking for river otters, encouraging any unseen steelhead to swim up the creek, or simply watching the wind along the water. And consider picking up litter along the way. If you want to collect litter while out walking, use a trash grabber and gloves, and dispose of the trash in a trailside trash can. During the hardship of sheltering in place, we can face anxiety by doing good, no matter how small.
According to the Contra Costa County COVID-19 Health Order, you can engage in outdoor activities like walking a dog or hiking, but you should maintain 6 feet of distance from all other people. If that changes, do the right thing and stay home.
We wish you and your family health and peace.