November 29, 2017

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Baetidae, or Small Minnow May Fly, collected in Sausal Creek Watershed

An expert on benthic macro-invertebrates, or bugs, has been helping Skyline Earth Team collect samples and inventory invertebrates throughout Sausal Creek Watershed. Interns have spent recent weeks testing water at different sites along Sausal Creek, and these tests have included benthic macro-invertebrate inventories.

These tiny bugs can tell us big stories about whats going on in the creek!  If many different varieties of invertebrates are found in a sample, it means that a stream is functioning to...

November 27, 2017

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Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline – what once was a landfill is now a regional park in development. The weekend before Thanksgiving, our teams from San Lorenzo High School and Skyline High School joined forces to help the restoration effort at this beautiful and lesser known shoreline location at the end of Williams St. in San Leandro.

Because the park area used to be a landfill, many steps must be taken to turn it into a suitable park for the public. The Park District has spent a lot of time importing fill...

November 1, 2017

Picture1Starting on Saturday, November 4th, Antioch interns will begin participating in adaptive management efforts at the Upper Sand Creek Basin in Antioch.  The flood basin is managed by the Flood Control District, and provides wetland habitat to a wide variety of species.  The volunteer-planted willows and native plans provide natural water filtration, improving the quality of urban runoff as it flows from South Antioch storm drains into...

October 9, 2017

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As Skyline High EarthTeam interns continue preparation for their water quality project in Dimond Park, they get the opportunity to work with experts in the area.  At their after school meeting on Wednesday 9/27, the interns had the chance to hear a presentation from Jill Miller, Restoration and Education Manager at FOSC.  The enthusiastic interns learned about their watershed, Sausal Creek and its tributaries, and the primary threats to water quality in Dimond Park and Dimond Canyon.

Miller lead an exciting hands on activity in which the interns constructed their own small...

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