[fosc] Events 8/14, 8/16, and 8/21: announcement from Friends of Temescal Creek

Robert Stewart robert_stewart@mindspring.com
Wed, 09 Jul 2003 22:36:39 -0700

Forwarded message from Bruce Douglas, from the Friends of Temescal Creek.

Announcing Events at the new East Bay Watershed Center at Merritt College
[These are useful to Friends of Temescal Creek members!]

The Environmental Program at Oakland's Merritt College has been named a
primary partner in a $500,000 grant from CalFed Bay-Delta Program for the
creation of the new East Bay Watershed Center.  Located at the Self-Reliant
House and Environmental Center on Merritt College campus in the Oakland
hills, the East Bay Watershed Center will serve agencies and community-based
organizations that work to protect East Bay watersheds.  Programs and
resources at the Watershed Center include:

 Field Program:  A series of field-based workshops on topics such as water
quality monitoring, erosion control, invasive plant removal, native plant
and wildlife habitat, and watershed assessment through Merritt College.
 Reference Library:  The Watershed Center will house a reference library of
local watershed plans, resource documents, and publications.  The Center is
also compiling a comprehensive inventory of East Bay watersheds and
affiliated organizations and agencies.
 Watershed Forum:  The Forum is envisioned as a network for East Bay creek
and watershed groups to share ideas, pool resources, and collaborate on
 Science Program:  Staff will support science-based monitoring and
assessment activities with assistance in using appropriate protocols,
project design, database development, and information sharing.
 Community Assistance:  Watershed Center staff will help connect community
members with resources on topics such as watershed assessment, creek
restoration, permitting, and funding.
 Meeting Place:  The Watershed Center can provide use of its facilities to
groups needing meeting space.

The East Bay Watershed Center at Merritt College invites you to a "Watershed
Celebration and Open House" on Saturday August 16, 10am-4pm at the
Self-Reliant House and Environmental Center on Merritt College campus.  A
morning workshop on watershed assessment will be led by Merritt professor
Laurel Marcus of Laurel Marcus & Associates, followed by an afternoon edible
landscape demonstration by horticulturalist David Strom, in addition to
poetry readings, exhibits by local artist Suzanne Lakke, snacks, and an
informal discussion about forming the East Bay Watershed Forum.  We look
forward to seeing you!

Help launch a new Watershed Forum for the East Bay!  We will hold a kick-off
meeting Thursday, August 14, 6:30-8:30pm at Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room
4 to discuss the creation of the Forum.  Agencies, organizations, and
citizens interested in East Bay creeks and watersheds are encouraged to

Come discover what the East Bay Watershed Center and the Environmental
Studies Program at Merritt College has to offer you!  Classes and workshops
begin August 21 in ecologically sustainable building and design, wildlife
gardening, restoration landscaping, watercourse restoration and monitoring,
civilizations and ecosystems, environmental geology, principles of ecology,
and Bay Area field studies.

For more information or directions to any of these events, please call (510)
434-3840/434-3841 or e-mail ecomerritt@aol.com.