To protect the San Pablo Creek Watershed and inspire
community appreciation and stewardship through advocacy, education, and habitat
SPAWNERS Creek Restoration Documentary
This video documents a 5-year restoration project that SPAWNERS did with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Cleaning, bank-stabilization, and planting projects on Appian and Wilkie Creeks were done with the help of community volunteers and students from De Anza High School as well as the local Boys & Girls Club. This video was produced by Kirston Koths of Oak Leaf Studios, and is best enjoyed in 1080p, stereo.
SPAWNERS formed in the spring of 2000 to bring together local residents
interested in making the creek a community asset and protecting its natural
resources. Earth Day in April 2000 attracted 75 volunteers to remove invasive
ivy from the creek banks at the El Sobrante Library and to pick up trash from
downtown El Sobrante as well as the creek.
SPAWNERS hosts the ongoing effort to control ivy at the El Sobrante library site, where the ivy has been strangling and killing the trees by the creek. Our programs have expanded since 2000 and we now maintain three creek-side native plant revegetation sites at: the El Sobrante Library, the El Sobrante Boys and Girls Club, and behind De Anza High School. We also facilitate a wide variety of outreach and education programs. Our goals are to continue to improve our three sites for both people and wildlife, to educate the community on caring for our creeks and preserving water quality, and to involve volunteers in creek restoration projects within the watershed.
We have a comprehensive outreach program that seeks to educate residents about sources of pollution and how land use relates to water quality, and to identify ways to address the types of problems encountered. By involving a diversity of citizens, public and private organizations, and resource specialists, the program provides an exchange of knowledge, resources, and support that enables participants to more effectively understand and address water quality problems. SPAWNERS is patterned after other successful programs such as the Friends of Sausal Creek and the Friends of San Leandro Creek.
Ongoing activities include:
SPAWNERS obtains fiscal sponsorship from The Watershed Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Funding for SPAWNERS activities is provided by Contra Costa County Clean Water Program and Fish & Wildlife Committee, California Department of Conservation, the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, several foundations, and generous donations from our members and volunteers.
For more information or to join in our restoration opportunities and efforts to educate the public about San Pablo Creek’s resources, please contact
Helen Fitanides at (510) 665-3538 or email@example.com
or go to: Contact Us