Make A Difference

Five things you can do for the creek
Teach Your Children

Five things you can do for the creek
(by Friends of Five Creeks)
    • Eliminate or reduce your use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
    • Use compost to provide natural, slow-acting fertilizer.
    • Control pests with non-toxic alternatives such as hand-picking, traps,closing up holes, and encouraging predatory insects.
    • Ask your local nursery or hardware store for information on less-toxic chemicals or contact 510- 670-5543, 1-888-BAYWISE, 510-524-2567,
    • Especially avoid products containing diazinon and chlorpyrifos, which poison aquatic life.
    • Help water to filter into the soil and thus reduce runoff pollution and sudden, erosive storm flows.
    • Keep impervious surfaces to a minimum on your property. Use chips, gravel, sand, wood decking, or permeable paving rather than concrete. Don't pave over the strip between sidewalk and street.
    • Leave a green median in your driveway.
    • Keep your yard well planted and mulched, and make downspouts discharge to planted areas where water can soak in and provide a healthy, natural flow to creeks.
    • Plant to keep creeks shady so the water stays cool, and to reduce erosion.
    • Native plants can provide good habitat and erosion control with a minimum of care.
    • Keep native vegetation where it exists along creeks. Replace invasive non-native plants such as English ivy,Himalayan blackberry, Cape or German ivy, Pampas grass, and ice plant with suitable natives.
    • Don't pour or wash ANYTHING down gutters or storm drains. They drain directly to creeks or the bay. Wash vehicles and equipment with water only.
    • Wash on dirt or grass where soapy water won't run off to the street or storm drains.
    • Use your local car wash. Don't let motor oil run into gutters; ask your city about proper disposal of oil, antifreeze, concrete, paint, solvents, and other chemicals. Report illegal discharges.
    • Drive less! Auto exhaust particles, leaking fluids, and debris from tire and brake-pad wear are major sources of Bay Area water pollution.
    • Walk, bicycle, carpool, use transit; plan errands to reduce driving.

Teach Your Children

-by Friends of Alhambra Creek

Creek Education:


Glen Echo Park regular community workdays are on the second Saturday of each month.
  • Come between 9:30 and noon.
  • Other volunteer needs:
  • Oak Glen Park creek cleanups
  • Adopt a Stormdrain
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