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News - September 20, 2013

Residents, environmental group to restore native creek habitat

San Francisquito Creek project receives $80,000 from water district

by Sue Dremann

A group of Crescent Park neighborhood weed warriors are now armed with an $80,000 Santa Clara Valley Water District grant and help from Palo Alto environmental nonprofit Acterra to fight invasive plants along San Francisquito Creek.

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Posted by Hooray!, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

This is wonderful news! Thanx, Crescent Park and Acterra!

Posted by Bill Wohler, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Please do not neglect the San Francisquito Creek west of El Camino which has been recently invaded by the ailanthus.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Is there any management or followup on such things?

I was happy to see people, volunteers, busy this summer pulling out non-native plants and planting, fertilizing and watering new native species, but as I walk out there lately many of those plants seem to be dead or dying from no watering.

There was a time in the early 90's where wildflowers and all kinds of things grew out on the Baylands trails. Walking, hiking or running out there in the late spring and early summer was almost magical - like being in a colorful floral corridor much of the way from Palo Alto to Mtn. View. Intead of just the white and yellow mustard, there used to be plants of red and blue as well ... I was really something to experience.

Now it's like a dead zone, and anything that does grow will eventually get chopped down by whoever and whatever it is that is out there doing maintenance.

Bottom line, if you can't do it right and maintain it, don't bother doing it at all.