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Students learning how stormwater impacts our watershed at Rockville Park in Fairfield, May 29. Almost 2,000 third graders took park in the 2014 Watershed Explorers program organized by the Solano Resource Conservation District. (Courtesy photo)

Solano County

Students wrap up watershed studies

By From page A3 | June 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Almost 2,000 third-graders participated in the Solano Resource Conservation District’s 2014 Watershed Explorers program that wrapped up this week in Rockville Hills Park.

Students from Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista participated in the last round of the program for the academic year. They hiked up to the pond area at Rockville Hills Park and saw Fairfield’s new three-dimensional model of how rainwater moves through the watershed.

Watershed Explorers had previous sessions at Hanns Park in Vallejo and Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville. It has taken place for eight years.

Local support for the program is matched by a grant from state Parks Habitat Conservation Funding, according to a Solano Resource Conservation District press release.

In addition, the Solano Resource Conservation District this spring conducted the eighth year of its Solano County Creek Biomonitoring Program. About 300 high school and junior college students participated. Among other things, they helped plant 12,000 native grass plugs and 1,200 trees and shrubs at Blue Rock Springs creek in Vallejo.

Students also travel to a local creek to gather data, including Union Avenue Creek along Hillridge Drive in Fairfield. They assess the creek’s condition, doing such things as collecting and analyzing benthic macroinvertebrates and looking at the stream’s substrate, flow, banks and plant zones.

This program is funded by Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District and Solano Community College in partnership with the Solano County Office of Education, the press release said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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