Resources and How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved

Richmond Greenway“Tactical” Green infrastructure installation by The Watershed Project volunteers along the Richmond Greenway on Martin Luther King Day, 2019 (photo by Paula White)

Volunteer Opportunities and Options to Support County Projects

The natural beauty of our County’s flora, fauna, and natural areas make living in Contra Costa County special. Below is a list of organizations that you can join and participate in, along with their websites for more information.


Urban Tilth

Urban Tilth 
Build your agricultural knowledge by joining Urban Tilth in their many programs and community resources. Check out Urban Tilth and there many opportunities in west Contra Costa County by clicking the link.
- www.urbantilth.org/about-us

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Watershed Project 
Learn about your local watershed and get involved in protecting your local watershed with the Watershed Project. The Watershed Project hosts workshops and offers volunteering opportunities. Find out more by clicking on the link.
- thewatershedproject.org/workshops

CCRCD

Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
Interested in conservation and stewardship efforts in contra costa county? Check out the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) website linked below.
- www.ccrcd.org

CCFW

Contra Costa Watershed Forum
Voice your concerns and have a say regarding your local watershed with the support of many other community members at the Contra Costa Watershed Forum (CCWF) meetings. Click the link to learn more about CCWF.
- cocowaterweb.org/about


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Contra Costa Clean Water Program
Help protect and improve our watersheds. Participate in a creek clean-up with your community creek group! Visit the Contra Costa Clean Water Program website to learn more about volunteer opportunities with an organization near you.
- www.cccleanwater.org

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The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) is a community organization focused on protecting, conserving, and restoring Marsh Creek and its tributaries. FOMCW offers a cycle of involvement opportunities that range from programs, events, and activities. Check out the link to get involved with FOMCW.
- www.fomcw.org

Homeowners

Best Projects for Getting Started

Stormwater is generated from rain and is commonly referred to as stormwater runoff. We are not accustomed to thinking about stormwater runoff until an issue arises such as local flooding or water entering our basement. However, the quality of water in stormwater runoff is critical as it can affect the quality of the drinking water supply, the health of local streams used for fishing or recreation, pollinator habitat and other important environmental factors.

Simple maintenance projects for managing stormwater on your property include clearing blocked drainage structures, spraying, weeding, stabilization of eroded areas, planting native species, clearing debris, and regular mowing. The objective of homeowner stormwater mitigation includes slowing runoff, reducing concentrated flows by directing runoff to multiple pervious surfaces, and allowing runoff to sink into the ground.

 rain-garden                                                           Homeowner stormwater mitigation example.             Photo source: Seattle Public Utilities.

Resources


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Contra Costa Clean Water Program
The Contra Costa Clean Water Program(CCWP) was established in 1991 in response to the federal stormwater regulations. The CCWP is committed to complying with the San Francisco Bay Water Board and the Central Valley Water Board Orders. CCWP municipalities(Cities of Antioch, Clayton, Concord, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Pablo, San Ramon and Walnut Creek, and the towns of Danville and Moraga) stretch available money and resources to provide municipal services.
- www.cccleanwater.org

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The Watershed Project
Since 1997, The Watershed Project’s mission has been to inspire Bay Area communities to understand, appreciate, and protect local watersheds. They are working to restore and preserve the unique ecosystems that make up the San Francisco Bay, bringing a watershed perspective to the urban environment, promoting green design, and supporting natural cycles.
- www.thewatershedproject.org


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SF Green Benefit District
Contra Costa County is examining San Francisco’s Green Benefit District (GBD) as one of several innovative ways to fund GI projects. In these case it is an option for residents to directly invest in the beautification and greening of their neighborhood. A new type of neighborhood-based property assessment district, a GBD is voted into existence by the property owners within the proposed district. This special assessment district, authorized by state and local law, allows individual property owners to vote to assess their own property in exchange for control over how the assessment revenues are spent within their neighborhood.
- www.dnwph-gbd.org


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California Native Plant Society
Protecting California’s native plants and places since 1965, the California Native Plant Society (“CNPS”) has been a leading voice in plant science and native plant appreciation, making it one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world. CNPS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats, while increasing the understanding,
- www.cnps.org

For more information, email John Steere, Watershed Planner in the Watershed Program of Contra Costa County Public Works.