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With the correct landscaping, this would NEVER happen to you!

With unpredictable weather on the global scale, locals must prepare for whatever nature has in store for us. During a storm in early February, this large non-native Eucalyptus tree fell from the creek bed onto Bancroft Ave in San Leandro. This occurred when school was in session, with children present less than 100 feet away. Luckily no one was injured. Power outages occurred and Bancroft Ave was blocked for traffic for hours.

With this year’s excessive rain, homes & businesses, especially those bordering the San Leandro Creek are in danger of shifting soil and trees becoming uprooted.  To help remedy this fluid situation, an expert speaker, Dr. Ann Riley (retired San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and author) will be coming to San Leandro in March to illustrate the basic “do’s and don’ts” for managing urban streams, and the proper landscaping to support California, with its now very wet soil. Two presentations will be given, Monday, March 20 from 1:00- 2:30 PM at San Leandro City Hall South Offices, and Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM at the San Leandro Main Library, Estudillo Room.

The presentations will be followed by a hands-on restoration training that will occur at Root Park on Saturday, March 25. The training will center upon biotechnical erosion control measures, utilizing various soil bioengineering principles, that can be designed and implemented by local volunteers, neighbors, students, stewards, City staff, and many others interested in low-tech measures that mimic nature’s own erosion control solutions.

The Friends of San Leandro Creek is collaborating with the California Urban Streams Partnership (CUSP) and the City of San Leandro to sponsor this afternoon workshop at City Hall, including participants from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and local members of the California Urban Streams partnership.

Please join Dr. Riley and the Friends of San Leandro Creek to learn simple, inexpensive but very effective stream bank stabilization. Materials and tools will be provided for the field work.