December 15, 2016

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The Skyline interns braved some wet weather to install native plants in Redwood Regional Park with Friends of Sausal Creek on Wednesday December 14th, 2016.

FOSC and Earth Team staff taught the interns about native plants and why they are often the best species choice for planting. Compared to plants from other climates and geographies, native plants are the best adapted to the Bay Area conditions. For example, most natives are drought tolerant, an important qualities especially during our current lack sufficient precipitation.

The interns successfully installed almost 100 plants of a large variety;...

November 10, 2016

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Intern, Angeline Cayanan, and a beautiful Redwood.

Pinole Valley High Earth Team spent this week learning about environmental monitoring and its importance. Environmental monitoring can be defined as the systematic collection of data from air, water, soil, plants, and animals, in order to observe, study, and obtain knowledge from the process. This process is used by scientists in many different fields and is an aid in detecting negative environmental stressors and implementing the appropriate management plan. PVHS Earth Team interns will begin monthly vegetation surveys of a 1000 ft area along Pinole...

November 4, 2016

Video courtesy of: http://www.cccleanwater.org/

Pinole Valley High Earth Team interns have conducted their 2nd litter assessment of Pinole Creek and Pinole Valley High this week. Litter is a major environmental issue worldwide. 70% of marine debris litter is land based and travels down storm drains, through creeks, and streams, and eventually to beautiful SF Bay. From there litter floats into the Pacific Coast and onward. The most common type of litter is cigarette butts, and plastic. Earth Team discovered this firsthand. Plastics and cigarette butts made the majority of the litter removed...

October 26, 2016

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EarthTeam intern, Emily Banuelos,conducting WQ tests at Pinole Creek.

PVHS EarthTeam interns have began water quality monitoring of Pinole Creek! The site selected for bi-weekly WQ tests is directly behind the Pinole Library, and less than a mile upstream from the newly completed Fish Passage. The passage was implemented in order for endanger ed Steelhead, to effectively travel across the stretch of Pinole Creek below the I-80 Highway. These incredible species travel upstream from the Bay, to spawning grounds in fresh water. EarthTeam’s WQ monitoring will allow interns to determine if the...

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