Students from Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, and Arroyo High School attended a community event. They collaborated with East Bay Regional Parks District, Castro Valley Sanitary District, and ACRCD. The event is located at the Castro Valley Creek Trail by the Castro Valley Library. The turnout for this event had 70 volunteers involved from all over the East Bay! This restoration of the creek began as a project to increase the creek’s capacity.
As a former asphalt parking lot, the project’s aim was to increase the size of the creek to avoid large floods and provide a habitat for many species. This project includes planting native plants and removing invasive species in the community. Staff encouraged the community to continue restoring and keeping up with the maintenance as they walk by daily. Many tasks happened simultaneously during this event, and the community completed the tasks within 3 hours! As a community-led event, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo residents felt a sense of pride! There is a total of 4 main tasks that are split evenly amongst the residents. This included: litter clean up, spreading mulch, pulling invasive plants, and replanting natives. In the gallery below was the staff that led the Castro Valley Earth Day event.
Pictured below is Earth Team interns getting their hands dirty to help restore their community.
Thank you for the organizations that put this amazing event together! As a community, we all accomplished many tasks together and had a successful Earth Day 2022!
Special thank you to: ACRCD, CVSan, Friends of San Lorenzo Creek and the East Bay Community!