Redding Allied Stream Team

Eastside Region

Redding’s Allied Stream Team

  • Location: Streams in the Redding urban area, Shasta County
  • Project Sponsor: Rotary Club of Redding
  • Time Frame: Past 10 Years
  • Project Objectives:
    • Implement projects devoted to habitat restoration, education and stewardship, litter abatement, and nonnative plant control

The Allied Stream Team is a longstanding, permanent committee of the Rotary Club of Redding. The official name of this 40-member committee is the Environment Committee (EC) and the Allied comes from the numerous non-Rotarians who have played a significant role in the many stream improvement projects implemented by this group over the past 10 years. These other participants include local schools; Boy and Girl Scouts; Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner; state, federal, and local resource agencies; and many citizens and landowners of the Greater Redding Area.

The EC’s beginnings were linked to the annual gathering of roadside litter in the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area west of Redding. A 2001 creek inventory identified problems and project opportunities in local streams and thus began a program of storm drain labeling and stream and trail identification that continues today. One of those projects, the Canyon Hollow Fishway, generated the following comment from the Redding area DFG biologist, ìAll this restoration is well and good, but if you do not remove Arundo from area streams, such anadromous fish efforts will be for naught.î This statement started the quest to eliminate this plant menace from Shasta County. To date, 134 sites are under active treatment or have been treated to terminate the plant colony. The largest project is the 16-mile Stillwater Creek Arundo Elimination Project, now in its fourth year of five.

Community Creek Clean Up is an annual event in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Cleanup of several hundred tons of litter and extirpation of nonnative plants such as ailanthus, Himalayan blackberry, mimosa, mulberry, privet, acacia, and others have been undertaken in this event by 400 to 700 working volunteers. The central idea is to make public lands along a well-established trail system serve as a template for appreciation of the stream and riparian ecosystem. Other smaller projects have been performed to contribute to the goal of resource recovery through voluntarism and dedication to a healthy local ecology. The Stream Team is guided by the message:

We must handle the water, the wood, the grasses, so that we will hand them on to our children and our children’s children in better and not worse shape than we got them.

—Theodore Roosevelt, 1908