UCB Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund grants available

June 15 is the deadline to apply for Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund grants, a new program of grants to Berkeley community groups, non-profit organizations and neighborhood associations. The grants (minimum $5,000 per grant, from a pool of $200,000 this year) are to be offered yearly through at least 2020. Projects must address the physical environment of Berkeley neighborhoods or facilities that serve the community, or community support and service projects that enhance the economic, social or cultural well-being of Berkeley residents. They must have as partner an academic or administrative department, or individual faculty and staff members or students.

For more information, go to http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf or contact the UC Berkeley Office of Community Relations, 2200 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

24″ steelhead spotted in Codornices Creek — Video

Visit Friends of Five Creeks web site for a 34 sec. movie of steelhead up to 24″ long attempting to spawn in CodornicesCreek. The photos are bittersweet: They were possible because retaining walls on this small city creek forced these magnificent seagoing trout to try to nest in unsuitable places. Watching their struggle is inspiring, heartbreaking — and a powerful argument for creek restoration. Codornices Creek is closed to fishing. Please do not disturb the fish!

The Berkeley Daily Planet also covered the story with a nice article providing background information on steelhead salmon, and Northern California creeks and rivers.

Creek Art to Action

A dozen Berkeley High School AP Environmental Science students got “down and dirty” Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006, making ephemeral art with “found” materials in the first session of Friends of Five Creeks’ “Art to Action on Berkeley Creeks” project. Working with local environmental artist Zach Pine (www.naturesculpture.com), students turned leaves, logs, litter, even muddy footprints into art . The site was the swale next to Lower Glendale Path, one of Codornices Creek’s many headwaters. Less visible results: seeing more clearly, and a deepened appreciation of nature and creeks. Huge thanks to students, Zach, and especially BHS teacher Mardi Mertens.