Interns Prepare to Begin Work at Upper Sand Creek Basin

Picture1Starting on Saturday, November 4th, Antioch interns will begin participating in adaptive management efforts at the Upper Sand Creek Basin in Antioch.  The flood basin is managed by the Flood Control District, and provides wetland habitat to a wide variety of species.  The volunteer-planted willows and native plans provide natural water filtration, improving the quality of urban runoff as it flows from South Antioch storm drains into Marsh Creek.  It also offers protection to surrounding communities in the event of heavy rains, acting as a flood basin to slow water flow through Sand Creek and Marsh Creek.

In the coming months, Antioch Interns will work on a variety of projects in the basin.  One project will focus on water quality in the basin.  Interns will test “urban drool” as it runs off from nearby communities into the basin.  They will also test water originating from the natural creek that feeds the basin.  Finally, interns will test the water as it exits the basin into Marsh Creek.  This investigation will hopefully show to what extent urban runoff is contaminated and how effectively the basin improves water quality.

Another project that the interns will work on will be native plant maintenance and mapping.  Many native plants thrived naturally in the basin, and others were planted by volunteers. However, other vegetation has overtaken many of these plants, so Antioch interns will work on freeing them and documenting their establishment and success throughout the basin.

Finally, interns will participate in other small scale efforts including litter audits with the Marine Debris Tracker App and Earth Team’s Zero Litter Map.

We are excited to move forward with our projects at the Upper Sand Creek Basin! Stay tuned for more photos and exciting student blogs from Antioch High Interns!

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