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SLIDE SHOW: Volunteers Rise Early to Restore Local Creek

On a recent Saturday morning in El Cerrito, a small group of East Bay citizens decided to forgo sleeping in.  Instead, coffee in hand, they gathered at the dead-end of Adams Street in El Cerrito to participate in one of Friends of Five Creeks’ weekly work parties to restore local creeks to their natural beauty.

Two hours later, the results were tangible: an ugly chain-link fence that had marred the edge of the creek lay bundled neatly on the ground, much of the blackberry underbrush had been cleared, and the sun sparkled on the water.

Watch the slideshow below to hear what inspired some of these volunteers and see the impact of their work.

For more information on volunteering with Friends of Five Creeks or Friends of Baxter Creek, contact Susan Schwartz ( and Ocean Halbert (oceansdesign@gmail.com).

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