Volunteers restore approximately 200 feet of stream and about 0.2 acres of floodplain habitat in Paso Robles.
PASO ROBLES, CA – On May 13th, local students and residents as well as PG&E Environmental Policy employees planted more than 60 riparian shrubs at Centennial Creek as part of the Centennial Creek Community Restoration Day Event.
There were around 30 volunteers last Friday, including students from Paso Robles High School’s Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, AmeriCorps members, and PG&E employee volunteers, that partnered with Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District to restore approximately 200 feet of stream and about 0.2 acres of floodplain habitat within the City of Paso Robles.
The Centennial Creek Restoration project improves overall fish and wildlife habitat improvements while simultaneously addressing several water quality issues. This project is funded in part by PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust, a collaboration between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which has contributed $30,000.00 toward this restoration effort.
Claire Thorp, Assistant Director of NFWF’s Western Regional Office, welcomed the volunteers before the planting activities began. She shared the importance of supporting projects like Centennial Creek Restoration Project that are a great resource for communities, helping redefine the relationship of residents with watersheds.
The overall goal of the project, which began in October of 2015, is to restore the natural ecology of Centennial Creek.
“Watershed restoration work brings people together. Everyone likes being part of something that will improve the community and the work and collaboration on Centennial Creek is a perfect example.” said Devin Best, Executive Director, Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District.
The Nature Restoration Trust Program, a collaboration between PG&E and NFWF, has provided $2.3 million from 2000 to 2013 to support 80 similar projects throughout the Northern and Central California service area.
Pat Mullen, PG&E’s local division director, thanked the local volunteers for their efforts and for the community service that Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District provides for the Paso Robles area. “We strongly believe in giving back to the communities that we have the privilege to live in and serve. This donation will help support their important mission to restore and preserve riparian habitat here in Paso Robles.”
The project has permanently restored the riparian habitat along the creek corridor, decreased creek channel cutting and erosion, and improved storm water management through distribution of rain barrels in surrounding neighborhoods.
“The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is proud to continue the conservation efforts made possible by this public-private partnership, and to support the collaborative processes that have made this program a success,” said Jonathan Birdsong, director of NFWF’s Western Regional Office.