Jul 25, 2016
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The community will band together to build rain gardens and restore habitat near local creeks thanks to a $55,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

The bank gave a portion of a five-year, $15 million environmental grant program to The Watershed Project, some of which will go toward working with SPAWNERS and local residents to create small community-based rain gardens near the San Pablo Creek and Rheem Creek watersheds.

A rain garden is one that allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground, reducing run off from urban areas to the Bay and ocean. More on rain gardens here.

The grant will also allow locals to restore native riparian habitat.

“This effort will improve creek water quality and habitat for wildlife while engaging and educating residents in stewardship of their local creeks and watersheds,” according to a statement from The Watershed Project.

The $15 million contribution is a five-year “Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities” grant program for local nonprofits that promotes environmental stewardship while strengthening communities across the U.S.

The Watershed Project and SPAWNERS are among 61 organizations to receive funding in the final year of the program.

To date, 267 nonprofit organizations received grants amounting to 312 projects from Alaska to Florida and from California to Maine.

”This grant will provide much-needed funds so that we can continue restoration at our two main sites,” said Judy Ward, a longtime SPAWNERS volunteer and Steering Committee member, in a statement.

The full list of 2016 winners can be found here.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.