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    • Donald Sanders

    • March 22, 2016 in Columnists

    Love the Putah Creek restoration work

    Last Friday was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. I walked down to Putah Creek just to look things over just as Streamkeeper Rich Marovich suggested I should do. Of course that was some time ago; years I think. He said “Maybe you could be another set of eyes for me because I cannot get down to the creek as often as I’d like to see what’s going on.”

    So, every couple of days, I’ll take a walk along the creek and if I see something out of the ordinary. I’ll call him up and tell him about it. Most of the time, he has already seen what I was going to tell him about, so that makes me think that he spends a considerable amount of time inspecting his creek. I don’t think there is a whole lot that I could tell him about the creek that he doesn’t already know.

    Some people have complained about Rich Marovich and his creek restoration work. They claim the work has caused all the animals to leave the area and they fear that they won’t come back when the work is done. Another thing they complain about is the fact that the thousands of trees and other plants haven’t matured to make the park look more natural like a watershed forest should look. I can understand their concern but any reasonable person could walk near the edge of the creek and see exactly what’s going on.

    The fact of the matter is that the animals are still in the park despite the fact that they are hard to spot in the daytime. I’m no detective despite the fact that I have a large brain and my thought processes put me squarely in the middle of the smarts graph. I’d like to say just how smart I am, but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Yeah, I might not be the smartest tool in the shed, but even a guy as dumb as I am can see that there are probably just as many animals and birds living at the creek now as there were before the restoration work started. It is natural for animals to lie low when there is human activity in the area.

    There will an increase in animal sightings now that the local bridge work is completed and all the heavy equipment is taken from the area, never to return. One sure indicator of animal activity is the number of trees and other plants they cut down to make their little animal houses. Those damn beavers chew the trees up as fast as we can plant them and that’s the truth. I wish I had a dollar for every tree they have chewed up in the last year. Perhaps I’d have enough money to pay all those people that are compulsive complainers to shut the hell up.

    Most of the trees we plant are protected by wire mesh so the animals cannot chew them up but the sad thing is that the mesh has to be removed during high water or the debris will uproot them and send them packing downstream. At the end of the rainy season, the mesh is put back around the plants that haven’t been cut down, which isn’t many because the beaver are pretty thorough when it comes to chewing trees.

    I think it is a natural fact that compulsive complainers have no vision for things that will be. This I cannot understand, because it is as clear as day to me that in the not to distant future the City of Winters Nature Park will be a lush green watershed. There will be so many animals living along the creek that you will allow your children to hunt them down with their BB guns, just like I did until I was 55 years old. I can predict an increase in garbage such as old dirty towels, underwear, socks and beer cans. It would be very nice if some of those people that are always flapping their gums could come down to the creek and help me pick up some of that garbage instead of throwing it there.

    I wish I had the words to tell you just how much I love the way the creek restoration work is going in the park. I mean elegant words that would help others to see the visions I have of how everything we do will turn out for the betterment of all, animal and man. I know it is so easy to look at a work in progress and not be able to see what will come to pass. Streamkeeper Marovich in the long run has become another set of eyes for me. Through his eyes, I can clearly see what the future holds for the Lower Putah Creek Watershed.

    I don’t see much of Rich Marovich lately — he’s too busy with other important things. I know for a fact that he works much too hard and his hours are long. I think his hours are 90 minutes long, maybe longer. I do know that by the time I get out of bed at 11 a.m., he has been at work for four or five hours already, and when I’m lying on the couch watching TV, he is at the greenhouse working with trees and stuff like that.

    If you think I am a creek nut, well he is a hundred times worse that I am. So is Rick Fowler, Duc Jones of the Solano County Water Agency, and Carrie Shaw, Karin Young and Amy Williams of the Putah Creek Council. I’ll bet I could hide a turd under a log by the creek and each and every one of them would find it and step in it. My point is that the creek is healthier now than it has been for many years and it is only going to get better. These people have the creek work under control, so do yourself a favor and go down there and talk shop with them. You will be impressed for sure. Oh one thing — don’t expect Amy Williams to stop work and chat because I don’t think she knows how to slow down or take a break. It’s not that she is unsociable, she is just a tree planting machine. I get tired just watching her work.

    Of course, I am the most important creek guy in the world, and that’s a natural fact!

      • Madgew

      • March 22, 2016 at 8:56 am
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      Glad all your hard and that of others is going so well. I saw your love of the creek when I visited a few years ago. I bet I would notice a big difference-all good.

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