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Putah Creek streamkeeper to talk about ‘Changing a Channel’

Putah Creek Streamkeeper Rich Marovich will give a talk titled “Changing a Channel, Changing a Community” on Thursday, Aug. 16, as part of the CreekSpeak series hosted by the Putah Creek Council.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Veterans’ Memorial Theater Club Room, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. CreekSpeak are open to the public and free to Putah Creek Council members. A $5 donation is requested from nonmembers.

This is the fourth in a six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of the region. This month’s talk will explore how the Putah Creek channel realignment project in Winters has benefitted the wildlife and human communities.

Marovich will explain the planning, process and outcomes of a one-mile long channel realignment project in Winters. This project narrowed the active flow channel of Putah Creek to enhance water quality and habitat for humans and wildlife.

The innovative nature of this project, funded by the tax payer-approved Proposition 84 water and parks bonds, has provided many opportunities for inter-agency cooperation, community involvement and scientific study. More than 450 community volunteers have assisted in the effort by rescuing fish prior to construction and planting native trees, shrubs, sedges, forbs and grasses along the channel.

Marovich was named the 2012 “Restorationist of the Year” by the Salmonid Restoration Foundation, and the Society for Ecological Restoration’s practitioner of the year for his work on Putah Creek.

Additional CreekSpeak talks in 2012 will include “Fish, Farms, and Flooding in Yolo Bypass” by Jacob Katz on Sept. 20, and “Putah Creek Water Quality” by Mike Deas on Oct. 18.

Special to The Enterprise

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