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January 19-23, 2012 Storm Summary

After almost two months of dry weather, winter returned with a series of storms that brought welcome rain to the Berkeley area. The first storm included a heavy downpour with frontal passage on Friday evening January 20, 2012 as seen in the rainfall chart below from data collected at the UC Berkeley weather station located on the Banway Building in downtown Berkeley. The four day total rainfall was 2.62 inches, with 1.7 inches in the first wave and 0.92 in the second.

Photo below shows Strawberry Creek Main Stem at the Oxford Street bridge after the January 19--23, 2012 storms.

 

 

   
 

October 1, 2011 Watershed Poetry Festival

The 2011 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival features a stellar line-up of poets and writers, Robert Hass, Camille T. Dungy, Jane Hirshfield, D.A Powell, Judy Grahn with guitarist/singer-songwriter Anne Carol perform Mental, a folk-opera, and more, music by Barry Finnerty’s Jazz Roots Trio, K-12 student poets from California Poets in the Schools and Poetry Inside Out; onstage banners by artist Arthur Okamura, We Are Nature open reading, River Village exhibits, presented by Poetry Flash in collaboration with the Ecology Center’s Berkeley Farmers’ Market and Ecocity Builders, held alongside the Farmers’ Market, shade and chairs, Berkeley Civic Center Park, one block west from Berkeley BART, Berkeley, free, noon-4:30 (to exhibit: 510/525-5476, mbb @ poetryflash.org; to enter the open mic drawing, be at the park by noon)

STRAWBERRY CREEK WALK
Strawberry Creek Walk meets at Oxford and Center Streets, at 10:00 a.m, on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus (ending up at the festival) and features creek updates and poetry readings, led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander.

Co-sponsored by The Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market and Ecocity Builders.

For complete festival information, see the Watershed 2011 page

Photos from the 2009 Watershed Poetry Festical Strawberry Creek Walk


Poetry reading in the Eucalyptus Grove

Robert Hass

   
 

September 2011 Update

Fall Semester Open Restoration Days Schedule

The Strawberry Creek Restoration Program has provided environmental education opportunities on Cal's central campus to thousands of Cal and local K-12 students since its inception in 1987. This year the opportunities will be greater than ever as the new Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nusery has opened and is beginning to grow plants for the coming rainy season.

If you are interested in helping restore the campus Natural Areas to improve habitat for local flora and fauna please come to one of the open restoration events scheduled for the fall semester as follows.

 

Open Restoration Dates:

Friday September 23, 2011 3-5pm

Friday October 14, 2011 3-5pm

Friday November 4, 2011 3-5pm

Open Nursery Times:

Mondays and Wednesdays 9- 11 am for the Fall Semester

Activities during these restoration events will be an educational and fun way to spend your afternoon! You will be planting locally native riparian species, removing invasive plant species, or working at our native plant nursery right here on campus!

(All Campus Restoration events meet by the Rugby Statue near the SW corner of VLSB.)

FLYER FOR OPEN RESTORATION DATES (Please Post)

 

Want to help Strawberry Creek, but don’t have time to attend these open restoration events? Arrange for a service activity for your student group!

Email: t_grinberg@berkeley.edu

Please email us to learn more: strawberrycreek@lists.berkeley.eduand

 

12/9/09 Berkeley High School Classes in Grinnell Area 12/8,9,10/09

For the fifth year in a row, students from Ms. Merten's science class at Berkeley High School will be participating in an outdoor laboratory session by continuing to assist with the restoration of the Grinnell Natural Area native biodiversity. To date, approximately 300 students have joined in restoration activities in the Grinnell area by weeding invasive species and planting native riparian and coastal scrub vegetation. Classes will be on site from 3:45 to 4:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. This year's efforts are made possible by a grant to Ms. Mertens class from the Berkeley High School Development Group, allowing for a generous donation of $300 to purchase locally native plants from the Native Here Nursery.

For more information on the Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project, go to the Restoration Activities page on this website.

   
 

12/9/09 More Rain on the Way

The December 6 and 7, 2009 storm that brought record cold temperatures and snow in the hills to the Bay Area dropped 0.37 inches of rain on the UC Berkeley campus. The hydrograph from the UC Berkeley mainstem hydrostation below shows the creek rise during the rain event.

More rain is expected this coming weekend and possibly next week with cumulative totals of up to two to three inches.

Excerpt from this morning's National Weather Service forecast discussion:(http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecasts/display_special_product_versions.php?sid=mtr&pil=afd)

RAIN IS EXPECTED FOR FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AS A MOIST FLOW SETS UP AND TWO SYSTEMS SLIDE ACROSS. VARIOUS MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO SHOW THE BEST CHANCE OF RAIN ON SATURDAY. AT THIS TIME HYDRO CONCERNS LOOK LIMITED. INSTEAD...LOOKS LIKE A GOOD SOAKING RAIN FOR THE WEEKEND. RAIN WILL SWITCH OVER TO SHOWERS AND POSSIBLY EVEN A STRAY THUNDERSTORM LATE SATURDAY INTO THE FIRST HALF OF SUNDAY. HIGHS WILL BE IN THE 50S TO LOWER 60S WITH MUCH HIGHER SNOW LEVELS. LESS MODEL AGREEMENT FURTHER OUT AS THE ECMWF BRINGS ANOTHER ROUND OF SUBSTANTIAL RAIN BY LATE WEDNESDAY AND KEEPS IT IN THE AREA THROUGH THURSDAY. THE GFS BRINGS JUST A FEW SHOWERS TO OUR AREA DURING THE SAME TIME PERIOD. WILL SEE IF NEWER RUN SHOWS ANY BETTER AGREEMENT BEFORE MAKING ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO THE GRIDS.

   
 

9/23/09 Watershed Poetry Festival 2009 Saturday September 26, 2009

The Watershed Poetry Festival will be held in Berkeley on Saturday September 26, 2009. This year's festival includes the traditional Strawberry Creek Walk including poetry readings, performaances, and natural history presentations. Meet at Oxford and Center Street at 10:00 AM.

For more information on the Watershed Poetry Festival, go to the festival website at: http://www.poetryflash.org/WS09.html

 

9/1/2010

Fall Semester Open Restoration Days Schedule

The Strawberry Creek Restoration Program has provided environmental education opportunities on Cal's central campus to thousands of Cal and local K-12 students since its inception in 1987. This year the opportunities will be greater than ever as the new Strawberry Creek Native Plant Nusery has opened and is beginning to grow plants for the coming rainy season.

If you are interested in helping restore the campus Natural Areas to improve habitat for local flora and fauna please come to one of the open restoration events scheduled for the fall semester as follows. The attached flyer also contains this information and can be printed for posting in campus buildings or for distribution to classes and student groups.

 

Open Restoration Dates:

Tuesday September 7th 3-5pm

Tuesday October 12th 3-5pm

Tuesday November 9th 3-5pm

Tuesday December 7th 3-5pm

Activities during these restoration events will be an educational and fun way to spend your afternoon! You will be planting locally native riparian species, removing invasive plant species, or working at our native plant nursery right here on campus!

(All Campus Restoration events meet by the Rugby Statue near the SW corner of VLSB.)

 

Want to help Strawberry Creek, but don’t have time to attend these open restoration events? Arrange for a service activity for your student group!

Email: t_grinberg@berkeley.edu

Please email us to learn more: strawberrycreek@lists.berkeley.edu and

 

 

11/1/08 Watershed Poetry Festival Strawberry Creek Walk

Twenty hardy souls braved stormy weather for a two hour walk with poetry readings and performances on Saturday November 1, 2008. The walk was part of the Watershed Poetry Festival held annually in Berkeley to celebrate writers, nature and community. See http://www.poetryflash.org/WS08.html_ for more information on the Festival. Following are a few images from the walk.


Poetry reading in the Eucalyptus Grove


Bob Hass points at Port Orford Cedar.


Poetry performance in English Ivy patch.


Strawberry Creek swells with rain.

  3/5/08 Three More Strawberry Creek Technical Reports Now Online

To commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the start of implementation of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan (Charbonneau 1987), the Office of Environment, Health & Safety is publishing an update of technical sections of the Plan. The original plan and updated sections are available on the Creek Management resources section of the Strawberry Creek website. The fourth through sixth updated sections, the 2006 Geomorphology, the 2006 Geology, and the 2006 Education and Outreach Status Reports provide a compilation and update of information on creek physical measurements and outreach efforts since 1987.

   
 

2/21/08 Grinnnell Native Biodiversity Restoration Updated Plant List Available

The plant list for the Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project has been updated to include some in-fill planting that has been completed this 2007-08 winter rainy season. Some of the additional planting was completed by over 40 Berkeley High School students. For a copy of the plant list go to this link: http://sc-test.berkeley.edu/naturalhistory/documents/GrinnellHandout2008.02.21.doc

   
  2/21/08 Strawberry Creek 2008 Biological Resources Report Now Online

To commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the start of implementation of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan (Charbonneau 1987), the Office of Environment, Health & Safety is publishing an update of technical sections of the Plan. The original plan and updated sections are available on the Creek Management resources section of the Strawberry Creek website. The third updated section, the 2008 Biological Resources Status Report provides a compilation of information on creek biological resources collected since 1987.

   
 

1/24/08 Second of Three New Creek Monitoring Stations Now On-line

The second of three new creek monitoring stations is now accessible from the Strawberry Creek homepage (see Current Conditions). The station, located along the North Fork of Strawberry Creek near University House, collects data on water temperature, conductivity and water flow rates every fifteen seconds. The data will be used for creek water quality and habitat studies and to provide an early warning of possible spill events. One other station located on the Main Branch near the Oxford Street Culvert is expected to be completed with data available on the Strawberry Creek website during Spring semester 2008.

   
 

1/24/08 Berkeley High School Students Plant California Poppies in Grinnell Natural Area Restoration

During the week of January 14, 2008, 43 Berkeley High School (BHS) students transplanted locally native california poppies (Escholzia californica) into the Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project site. This is the third year the BHS science program has used the site for an outdoor science laboratory . This year's activity began in October 2007 when the students transplanted poppy seedlings into 4" pots and brought the plants back to BHS. Over the fall the students took turns watering the plants.

The Grinnell Project is the largest endeavor to restore native creek side habitat on the central Campus Park in almost two decades. The project is located along the banks of the Main Branch of Strawberry Creek in the Grinnell Natural Area at the West Entrance of campus. Two phases of major weed removal and planting were completed during the winters of 2005-06 and 2006-07. This winters plantings were completed to in-fill some areas, in part due to plant loss from last winter's sparse rainfall.

The goal of the project is removal of invasive species such as Periwinkle (Vinca minor) and English Ivy (Hedera helix) which are recognized by the California Invasive Plant Council as species of significant concern to California wildlands. These areas of low biodiversity are then being re-planted with locally native plants that will provide improved habitat for other flora and fauna and which will contribute to improved aesthetic conditions, water quality and educational opportunities.

Funding for the project to date has been provided by the Chancellor's Green Campus Fund awarded by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability and a community stewardship grant awarded by the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program. Future actvities will be funded by the Strawberry Creek Fund.

   
 

1/24/08 Strawberry Creek 2006 Hydrology Report Now Online

To commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the start of implementation of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan (Charbonneau 1987), the Office of Environment, Health & Safety is publishing an update of technical sections of the Plan. The original plan and updated sections are available on the Creek Management resources section of the Strawberry Creek website. The second updated section, the 2006 Hydrology Status Report provides a summary of the Strawberry Creek hydrology as well as a compilation of information on creek flow collected since 1987.

   
 

6/6/07 First of Three New Creek Monitoring Stations Now On-line

The first of three new creek monitoring stations is now accessible from the Strawberry Creek homepage (see Current Conditions). The station, located along the South Fork of Strawberry Creek near Stephens Hall, collects data on water temperature, conductivity and water flow rates every fifteen seconds. The data will be used for creek water quality and habitat studies and to provide an early warning of possible spill events. Two other stations located on the North Fork and on the Main Branch near the Oxford Street Culvert are expected to be completed with data available on the Strawberry Creek website before the Fall semester 2007-08.

   
 

5/7/07 Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project Plant List Available

Phase 2 of the Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project was successfully completed over the 2006-07 winter with the assistance of over 200 volunteers including elementary and high school students (Kennsington Hilltop Elementary and Berkeley High School), Cal students and community volunteers from Friends of 5 Creeks.

A summary of the project and the list of plant species introduced are available at the following links:

Grinnell Native Biodiversity Restoration Project Summary[126 kb Word doc.]

Grinnell Native Biodiversity Restoration Project Plant List [76kb Word doc.]

 

10/5/2006 Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Project Phase 2 Kickoffs with Berkeley High School October 10-12, 2006

Phase 2 of the Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project kicks-off on Tuesday October 10, 2006 at 3:30 PM with outdoor science laboratory for 25 Berkeley High School (BHS) Students. These BHS students, and other 25 each on Wednesday and Thursday will help transplant native plant sprouts into larger containers for transplanting into the project area on the banks of Strawberry Creek during this coming rainy season. The students will later help in planting and follow-up weeding.

The Grinnell Project is the largest endeavor to restore native creek side habitat on the central Campus Park in almost two decades. Phase 2 begins this month with the start of the 2006-07 rainy season as a continuation of the successful Phase 1 implementation in 2005 which consisted of weed removal and native plant re-vegetation along the banks of the Main Branch of Strawberry Creek in the Grinnell Natural Area at the West Entrance of campus.

The goal of the project is removal of invasive species such as Periwinkle (Vinca minor) and English Ivy (Hedera helix) which are recognized by the California Invasive Plant Council as species of significant concern to California wildlands. These areas of low biodiversity are then being re-planted with locally native plants that will provide improved habitat for other flora and fauna and which will contribute to improved aesthetic conditions, water quality and educational opportunities. Phase 2 of this project consists of growing or purchasing plants to fill in areas not planted in Phase 1.

Funding for the project to date has been provided by the Chancellor's Green Campus Fund awarded by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. In addition, Phase 2 has received funding through a grant awarded by the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program.

In addition to monetary support, this project has succeeded due to volunteer support. Phase 1 implementation included participation of 135 Berkeley High School students, around 200 UC Berkeley students, staff from Environment, Health & Safety and Physical Plant- Campus Services and other campus departments and community volunteers.

Visit this website in the upcoming weeks for more information on the project and for volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact Karl Hans at EH&S (643-9574, khans@berkeley.edu) or Tim Pine at EH&S (643-8542, tpine@berkeley.edu).

   
  

10/3/2006 Strawberry Creek 2006 Water Quality Status Report Now On-line

To commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the start of implementation of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan (Charbonneau 1987), the Office of Environment, Health & Safety is publishing an update of technical sections of the Plan. The original plan and updated sections are available on the Creek Management resources section of the Strawberry Creek website. The first updated section, the 2006 Water Quality Status Report provides a summary of the history of improvements in water quality as the result of the Strawberry Creek Management Plan as well as a compilation of water quality sampling data collected since 1987.

   
 
 
 
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