They don’t call it Walnut Creek for nothing! From nourishing plants and residents to protecting wildlife to shaping the land, water systems in our area have made a huge impact on happenings here for over a century.
On Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m., we kick of our free family educational series “Getting to Know Our Local Creeks, Ponds & Waterways” with a lecture for adults on the geography and history of Walnut Creek’s watershed, and kid-oriented activities about where water goes when it rains.
In the adult portion of the program, instructor Mike Carlson, Asst. Public Works Director, Contra Costa Flood Control & Water Conservation District, take you back to the 19th century and move forward into modern day, discussing the water around us and how we have changed this creek system. We will discuss past and current challenges related to maintaining our local watershed, flood control, the impacts of El Nino and long range plans for the future.
For the young attendees, our Youth Education team will lead a “mapping our watershed” activity, as well as teach kids to make a model of an aquifer to help them better understand what happens to water as it soaks into the ground.
This program is presented in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek’s Clean Water Program. Photo courtesy of the Walnut Creek Historical Society.