September 2021 Bulletin
Our hearts go out to our community who went through the Tamarack Fire and now faces the Caldor Fire. More than ever, we all need something to look forward to. We have high hopes for two in-person events to bring us together in September. Read on for details, and keep an eye on our website in case our plans need to change. Please note that the watershed group meeting has been postponed to the third Tuesday in September.
A Chance to Help the Watershed
Creek Day 2021
Saturday, September 18
9:00 a.m. Registration begins at the Alpine County Library in Markleevile
9:30 a.m. — Disperse to project sites
See the web page for planned projects!
1:00 p.m. Return to the library for a free lunch. Please RSVP so we can count you in and inform you if the event must be postponed or cancelled.
We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated.
Please share the flyer.
Thank you to our generous sponsors who are making Creek Day 2021 possible! It's a lot of work to organize our biggest volunteer workday of the year, and we couldn't do it without their financial support.
A Year's Growth
For our next watershed group meeting, join us for a tour of the Hope Valley Restoration and Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Project, completed in October 2020.
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Highway 88 bridge over the West Fork Carson River, about .9 miles west of Picketts Junction. Park along side of road.
Please bring water and dress accordingly to walk in Hope Valley meadow, where we may encounter standing water, tall grasses, and fluctuating temperatures. If inclement weather occurs, such as rain, snow, or air quality index (AQI) level of 201 or greater, the event will be rescheduled. If you have questions, contact Mo Loden at or (530) 694-2327.
Be the Eyes of the Watershed
We are so grateful for our committed volunteer monitors who collect water quality data four times a year. Thanks to one of their suggestions, we now have a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Visual Survey. Anyone visiting an Alpine County lake can easily log observations after getting home—reception during the lake outing is not required. Simply make note of the date and time, the location (latitude/longitude coordinates if possible), and what you see—visual indicators in the water as well as activities going on at the lake. If you suspect a HAB, please take photos. If you have any questions, contact Mo. Thank you!
In the News
Check out this cool article by the Sierra Nevada Ally!
AWG Needs Your Financial Support
Whether you are an occasional visitor, seasonal resident, or enjoy Alpine County year-round, your watershed group depends on YOUR donations to lead watershed protection and stewardship efforts. As we help lead our watershed community in fire recovery, we really need your support.
Thank you to the six new AWG donors who, unsolicited, made donations to AWG in the past month via donor advised funds or PayPal.
We are also grateful for ...
Former AmeriCorps Member Nicole Lutkemuller — Nicole and her new husband shared AWG's Amazon Wish List as part of their wedding registry, and AWG now has a much needed pair of waders and a new pH meter for our monitoring program.
All shoppers who have AWG as their designated charity Every quarter we get a deposit from the AmazonSmile Foundation because shoppers checked out using AmazonSmile.
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment We are honored that this foundation found Alpine Watershed Group's objectives of monitoring and restoring Alpine County watersheds, inspiring community involvement, and building public awareness around watershed issues to be worthy of general operating support.
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Until next time!

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