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Roseville neighbors work to restore eroded bank along Linda Creek

Participate in city’s Adopt-a-Creek pilot program
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Residents in Roseville’s Meadow Oaks Neighborhood have finalized an adoption — that of Linda Creek.

They’re making sure the creek is cared for and treasured. The neighborhood association is collaborating with the City of Roseville and Dry Creek Conservancy on a pilot program called Adopt-a-Creek.

“The vision of this project is for community volunteers to enhance and restore the creeks and habitat, (step) up to meet the gaps in these hard economic times, and to enhance and restore habitat along our creeks, which have been forgotten for too long,” said volunteer coordinator Donna Wilson.

Linda Creek meanders through the open space of Meadow Oaks Neighborhood, which is bordered by Rocky Ridge Drive, Cirby Avenue and Sunrise Avenue.

The city’s environmental engineer Scott Dietrich is leading the project with the help of Wilson, a 25-year resident of Roseville. She lives along Linda Creek and her property was flooded in 1995 and 2005.

President Bill Clinton visited the neighborhood in 1995 to see the aftermath of the floods, which ruined homes and required the rescue of several people from rooftops, Wilson said.

“Hundreds of Heritage Oaks were lost (in past floods) and we are now seeing the serious erosion and degradation of this beautiful native area,” she said.

Fifteen volunteers worked together Oct. 15, removing invasive plants and grasses that had invaded the eroding steep bank. They worked with hand tools shoveling the sandy soil.

A new retaining wall was built using a rustic weave of native willows, harvested from Maidu Park. This is an eco-friendly technology called bio-engineering, which uses live plants and trees to restore the bank and provide native habitat for wildlife.

The old method of bank stabilization typically uses large rocks piled on the bank or concrete installed with heavy equipment, Wilson said.

“We need to restore our natural waterways and wildlife to save them from reaching the point of no return from urbanization,” Wilson said.

~ Sena Christian

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Linda Creek restoration volunteer workday
When:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Meet at 1611 Condor Court
Info: Call Donna Wilson at (916) 801-1717