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FoTC Newsletter
July-September 2001

For further information about any of the items in this newsletter, contact FoTC
Phone: 510-655-0341
Email: FoTemescal@aol.com

FoTC QUARTERLY MEETING: Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m. Temescal Library

Come to Temescal Library community room, downstairs, door in back, 5205 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.


A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS


FOTC IS GROWING UP

FoTC needs a membership organization structure. We now have over 400 members, dozens actively contributing, both within the organization, and in collaboration with the Merritt College Environmental Studies Program. We are working on some 26 projects in the watershed! Please volunteer to focus on one of the many types of tasks:

Your ideas are welcome!

Contact FoTC

You may volunteer within the context of a Merritt College Environmental Studies course in order to get affordable college credit.


PARTNERSHIP FOR SUB-REGIONAL WATERSHED FORUMS AND A WATERSHED CENTER

Merritt College, the Alameda County Resource Conservation District, Friends of Temescal Creek, the Environmental Science Institute, Friends of the Estuary and other partners have been awarded a 3 year CALFED Watershed Program grant. Dovetailing with two Bay Area awards totaling $2.1 million, it is a quantum leap in resources for local creeks.

The goal is to improve the awareness of, and capacity for, local watershed stewardship and management by citizen groups, schools, planners, land owners, businesses, and elected officials.

The geographic area covered by the Watershed Center stretches from San Pablo Creek in Richmond south to San Leandro Creek in Oakland.

The project will outfit and staff a Watershed Center, a one-stop-shop accessible to those with local creek interests. The Center will be initially located at the Merritt College Environmental Center, 12500 Campus Drive 94619, off Redwood Road in the Oakland hills. It will be a repository for monitoring data and equipment, a reference library, meeting place, classroom, and office. The staff and consultants will facilitate an East Bay Watershed Forum.

The Center and Forum will help link local groups and resources. It will be an aid for planning projects, maintaining creeks, watershed planning for developing real estate near creeks, and advocating restoration. It will provide an infrastructure to access funding, obtain permits, link with partners, and reach out to all stakeholders in their area. The Center will develop databases, a Field Program in Watershed Awareness, Monitoring, and Project Implementation, an Outreach Program, an Assessment Science Program, and a Policy Program.

Merritt college credit is possible through related workshops (see course schedule on back). We also have paid part-time positions for multi-cultural assistants to work on this project.

Contact: Bruce Douglas, Field Team Coordinator, Robin Freeman, Project Coordinator, Merritt College Environmental Center: 510-434-3841


SCHOOLS NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP INTRODUCE KIDS TO CREEKS

Many Elementary teachers include local creeks in their curriculum. They need help taking kids in the field and assisting kids in researching, such as plant identification, drawing, and observation. All you need is to like working with youngsters! Background check required.

Call 655-0341, email FoTemescal@aol.com, or Sherry Minick, Hillcrest School, sminick@ousd.k12.ca.us.


PROP. 13 GRANTS AVAILABLE TO LOCAL GROUPS' CREEK PROJECTS

FoTC can help inform your group how to apply for $50,000 to $5 million to implement on-the-ground creek projects.

Eligible projects reduce Non-Point-Source pollution (urban runoff) and /or restore beneficial uses of the State's waters. Municipalities, neighborhood associations, schools, and non-profits such as church groups can apply. Proposals will be due in November.

Contact FoTC, or Carrie Austin, Watershed Coordinator, 510-622-1015, or cma@rb2.swrcb.ca.gov.


WATERSHED ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY FESTIVAL CELEBRATE WRITERS, NATURE & COMMUNITY

Saturday, Sept. 8, 11am-4pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Berkeley. featuring Gary Snyder, Robert Haas & Maxine Hong Kingston.

Check www.poetryflash.org for program updates


UPPER REACHES HAPPENINGS

CLAREMONT HOTEL: SUBMISSION OF LANDMARK APPLICATION

Berkeley/Oakland Neighbors of the Claremont, BONC, have submitted to the Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board a formal nomination to landmark the treasured hotel. The Board met on July 9 to review the application and hear public testimony on the nomination. The Board will determine whether the nomination can be forwarded to the Planning Commission for final consideration. Non-circulating copies of the nomination, which includes text and historical images, are available at The Oakland Public Library History Room, the Rockridge & Montclair libraries and Berkeley's Claremont Public Library.

Contact BONC: saveclaremont2001@yahoo.com
See their website: www.saveclaremont.org. Please Ask that Temescal Creek be part of the Landmark consideration for the hotel.

Donations are welcome, please make a check to "Save the Claremont", and mail c/o J. Lehman, #2 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705.

BICYCLING WATERSHED MONITORS

Tunnel road, Skyline and Grizzly Peak Road are very popular recreational cycling routes which roughly circumscribe the watershed. How about a group to watch for and report opportunities for restoration, and emerging problems in the watershed? Contact FoTC.

ROCKRIDGE TO TEMESCAL NEIGHBORHOOD REACH HAPPENINGS

ROCKRIDGE-TEMESCAL GREENBELT GROUNDBREAKING

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2pm, Hardy Park, corner Claremont and Hudson St. Party to celebrate beginning Greenbelt construction. info: www.frogpark.org.

Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt (FROG) invite adults and kids to participate in building play structures designed by our neighborhood kids! The play structures will be in Redondo Park (next to Global Video) and Hardy Park (at Claremont & Hudson).

Completion of the Greenbelt still depends on individual and business gifts, which FROGS is soliciting. Over $72,000 of the $75,000 goal has been raised. Please consider a donation to the Greenbelt. Contact FoTC. For more info., pick up a copy of the Rockridge News, or check the Greenbelt website, www.frogpark.org


GREENBELT CLEANUP

Saturday, July 14, 9am to noon, join your neighbors for a fun day of park care and information about the Greenbelt construction. Meet at the DMV parking lot, nearest corner of Cavour and Redondo streets., one block east of Claremont Ave., 2 blocks north of Telegraph Ave.

Call Margaret Pinter for info: 510-655-1767.


CREEK TO BAY DAY

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 15 for the annual Creek to Bay Day Cleanup from 9 am- Noon. Meet at the DMV parking lot (same location as the July 14 cleanup. For more information call the City of Oakland at 510-238-7611.


TNT COMMUNITY GATEWAY PROJECT

by Josh Hohn

Saturday morning, July 28, 10:00 am, at the Temescal Branch Library, Refined, community made, designs with accompanying models will be presented. Everyone is invited.

A vision for the future of the former Pussycat Theater site at 51st and Telegraph became clearer during the month of May, as community-generated designs and a follow-up feedback session produced a specific set of preferences regarding the development of the Temescal District's highest-profile vacant lot.

On May 5, with the help of volunteer architects Thomas Dolan, Alden Marsh, Willie Pettus, Thad Schaffer and Stefan Menzi, workshop participants created five conceptual designs for the site's potential use. Options, most of which also incorporated the adjacent Children's Hospital parking lot, included features such as a day care center, high-density housing above commercial space, open spaces available for community events, and an extension of the flowing Temescal Creek feature from the Greenbelt at Redondo Park.

Additional input from neighbors and merchants at the May 19th follow-up meeting resulted in a list of distinct community preferences. They include a general desire for more intense development on the west (Telegraph) side of the lot, the blending of open space with residential and commercial units, the attraction of intergenerational users of mixed economic backgrounds, and a commitment to encouraging environmentally sustainable practices.

It is anticipated that by the end of the summer the designs and community developed guidelines will be presented to the City of Oakland and potential developers as the Temescal neighborhood's shared vision for the site.

For more information, contact Steve Costa. Phone: 510-655-4818; Email: sgcosta@earthlink.com.


NEIGHBORHOOD COMMEMORATION AT NEW TEMESCAL POST OFFICE

Join in the creation of a community art project at the new Temescal Post Office located in the Temescal shopping center at Shattuck and 51st St.! You can see the final design for this exciting neighborhood addition in G&G Hardware's window of on 5008 Telegraph Ave. The outdoor installation will commemorate various aspects of the neighborhood, including Temescal creek, local history and contemporary culture.

Mark your calendars for the following volunteer workdays: July 28-29, August 11-12 and August 25-26.

We need all kinds of help, from hammering to digging dirt. Come to use your expertise and to learn new skills!

To find out more about PostMark Temescal, call 510-655-0341 or email marksearch@earthlink.com.


CREEK MARKERS FOR TELEGRAPH AVENUE

Jeff Norman and neighbors have produced 10 beautiful marker signs about the creek and its history. The 18" by 24" signs tell site specific stories and have images and maps locating the creek. We are working out a chain of prominent display locations atop the buried creek where it crosses Telegraph Avenue. We need volunteers to deliver/pick up printing, and help install the display. For info: contact FoTC.


EMERYVILLE REACH HAPPENINGS

TEMESCAL CREEK GREENWAY PLAN: THE REPORT FOR EMERYVILLE IS AVAILABLE

See and purchase a copy: $ 22 in color or $ 5 for black and white.

Report outlines the basic features and contacts for turning Temescal Creek into a vibrant, urban, green corridor. For info: contact FoTC.


SUMMER TALKS ABOUT OHLONE SHELLMOUNDS

Thursdays: July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 @ 7:30pm, Rm. 160, Kroeber Hall, Bancroft Way at College Ave., Berkeley. $10 per talk, $35 for the series. Sponsored by Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. For more info, call: 510-841-2242, -8562, or go to www.berkeleyheritage.com.

This is of special interest regarding the Emeryville shellmounds at the mouth of Temescal Creek.

FoTC needs volunteers to assist Emeryville, its developers, and Ohlone people in collaborating on plans to acknowledge and help living Ohlone descendants benefit from the new developments in the South Bayfront area. For info: contact FoTC.


DEVELOPMENTS IN EMERYVILLE

Construction is beginning on "Bay Street", the new shopping and residential development on the Emeryville shellmound site. A pedestrian railroad overcrossing is the in the city's draft Capital Improvement Plan. The city will search for funding to plan and build it. The crossing is an important link to connect Temescal Creek neighbors with the bay and the new East Shore State Park.

The Bay Trail will be built along Shellmound St., crossing Temescal Creek at "Bay Street" also.

Protecting the creek's mouth, East Shore State Park's planning process is ongoing. There will be public meetings; go to www.eastshorestatepark.org for information.


INTERTIDAL STUDY

FoTC is a partner with Environmental Science Institute (see above) and Merritt College to produce a guide on how to restore the creek as it enters the bay. Another volunteer opportunity! For info: contact FoTC.


MERRITT COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM SUMMER & FALL SEMESTER COURSES

Now through December, you can still register! Call 510-436-2600, or visit website: http://ecology@atmerritt.net and http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us, Restoration and Monitoring of Watercourses.

Introduction: Thurs, Aug 30, 6:30pm, Room D224. Thurs. & Suns through September.

Ecological Design Workshops in the Oakland Hills. Call 510-434-3841.

July/August & September/October. Choose any or all evening or weekend workshops: (Introductions: Wed. Sept 5, 6:30pm, and Tues, Sept 25, 6:30pm, at the Self Reliant House Environmental Center. Cost: $7.50 to $35. Scholarships available.)

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THANK YOU!

Thank you! If you can, please donate. Two dollars will help cover mailings. Send checks to:

Friends of Temescal Creek
448 48th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
510-655-0341 FoTemescal@aol.com.

Friends of Temescal Creek, has received assistance from the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, the Strong Foundation, Emeryville, and the California Trails and Greenways Foundation, Merritt College, California Dept. of Forestry, the San Francisco Foundation, and Aquatic Outreach Institute.

Printing and Postage courtesy of Oakland Public Works-Environmental Service Division.


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