Next Post-Fire Peril: Erosion

October’s wildfires burned almost 30 percent of Sonoma Valley. While occasional fire is largely beneficial to land in its natural state, these huge uncontrolled fires threatened Sonoma Valley’s watershed with toxic ash and debris – an issue we’ve been tackling – as...

Tracking Streamflow in Sonoma Valley

How’s your local stream flowing? At Sonoma Ecology Center we’ve been watching the streams closely, and in some cases – along specific streams where landowners gave us permission – we’ve set up gauges that are generating useful data on streamflow in Sonoma Valley. It’s...

With Water Comes Watershed Education

The rains give us our best opportunities for teaching Sonoma Valley kids about watersheds. Which is why Sonoma Ecology Center’s Watershed Education Programs are in full swing right now. Our in-house educators, Holland Gistelli and Tony Passantino, are busy as ever...

Water: Too Much in Winter, Too Little in Summer

The big storms hitting our region this winter have been unusually powerful. And one of them was just plain unusual. The Dec. 15 storm which caused some minor flooding around the Valley was stronger here than at the coast, and it dumped more rain in unexpected places....

Returning to a Waterway Near You: Coastal Cleanup Day

Once a year, nature lovers come together in an effort to rid our beaches and waterways of trash. Across the nation, plastic bags, wrappers, cans and bottles, cigarette butts, etc. — literally millions of pounds of trash — are picked up in just a few short...

Go with the Flow: SEC Studies Stream Health

It’s the dry time of year. So how is our creek flow going? The water in creeks is the lifeblood of riparian forests, water creatures like fish and kingfishers, land animals needing to drink, and water well users who irrigate vineyards and landscapes. Recently, Sonoma...