Putah Creek Streamkeeper Rich Marovich, who was voted "Restorationist of the Year" by the Salmonid Restoration Foundation, will be the presenter at the next CreekSpeak lecture, leading a discussion of how community members and volunteers have helped prevent erosion on Pleasants Creek. Courtesy photo

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Pleasants Creek is topic of June’s CreekSpeak

Putah Creek Council invites community members to attend June’s CreekSpeak lecture, “Pleasants Creek: A Tributary Tale,” by Rich Marovich at 7 p.m. Thursday. His talk will be given in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St. in Davis.

The informal talk will feature the past successes and future goals of a community project to stop erosion on Pleasants Creek, a tributary of Putah Creek.

For more than 10 years, landowners, local conservation agencies and volunteers have been helping to protect Pleasants Creek from erosion by planting natives, removing invasive arundo, and building rock weirs in the channel.

The public can hear how these measures have protected adjacent properties, and resulted in better water quality in Pleasants Creek, and in downstream Putah Creek and Lake Solano.

Marovich will explain the goals for upcoming work on the creek and the opportunities for further collaborations.

Marovich, the Putah Creek streamkeeper, has been awarded “Restorationist of the Year” by the Salmonid Restoration Foundation for his work in the Putah Creek watershed.

CreekSpeak is Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of our region. CreekSpeak talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested from those who have not yet joined.

Additional talks in 2013 will include: “Water and Wilderness: A Tale of Conflict and Conservation” by Mike McGraw on July 18; “Yocha Dehe Grant Award” by Mary Kimball, Jeanette Wrysinski, Valerie Calegari and Libby Earthman, directors of local conservation organizations, on Aug. 15; “Pollinator Talk” by city of Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission members on Sept. 19; and “Birds of Putah Creek” by Marilyn Ramenofsky on Oct. 17.

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