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Field trips, Workshops, and Presentations
One of our main goals here at the Alliance is to organize on-going opportunities for the community to learn about the Big Chico Creek Watershed and to provide hands-on ways to improve the health of this amazing local resource. Each year we host a variety of events including headwater hikes, water quality presentations, rain barrel making workshops, native riparian plantings, and so much more.
Stream Channel & Riparian Habitat Program
Native Plant Project
The Native Plant Project brings together individuals interested in restoring habitat along Big Chico Creek. The project follows the restoration cycle of potting in the spring, watering all summer, seed collecting in the fall, and planting after the first rains in winter.
Volunteers gather in the Spring and pot donated seedlings to take home and nurture over the summer. In the Fall, we host a seed collecting event in Upper Bidwell Park to keep the project sustainable. In the winter plants and people come back together and plant the seedlings at a restoration site along Big Chico Creek.
Bidwell Reach 2 Restoration Project
The Alliance, in partnership with Streaminders and CSU, Chico Research Foundation, received a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board under Proposition 50 to fund a Big Chico Creek restoration project. The project area is along Big Chico Creek west of Nord Ave., on both sides of the creek starting at the big meander near Bidwell River Park downstream to the Rose Ave. Bridge. This project includes using “biotechnical” streambank stabilization to address the erosion that is threatening homes and Bidwell Avenue. The project also includes “floodplain excavation” where terraces are created when existing steep banks constrict the stream. For more information on this project, please click here.
Verbena Fields Restoration Project
The Alliance, in partnership with the City of Chico, Mechoopda Maidu Indians, Streaminders, and the CSU Chico Research Foundation, received a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board under Proposition 50 to fund this restoration project. Verbena Fields is a 20.9-acre city-owned former gravel mining operation along Lindo Channel near the intersection of East 1st and Verbena Avenues. Tthe project will restore and enhance habitats on land that was heavily impacted by gravel mining and increase the flood capacity for a constricted section of Lindo Channel. For more information on this project, please click here.