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(SARATOGA, CA) West Valley College is hosting the Vasona Creek Restoration Community Forum and Workshop on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Lounge of the Campus Center Building.

 The college, with funds from the Measure C Bond and Santa Clara Valley Water District grants, has embarked on restoring the 20-acre riparian corridor of Vasona Creek that bisects the campus. The project will restore the creek to its pre-1850s condition and renew a degraded wetland area near where the creek enters the college property. The project will also mitigate the untreated and polluted storm water runoff that feeds into the creek from the large college parking lots, streets, and buildings.  West Valley is also collaborating with the City of Saratoga Trails Advisory Committee to develop a master plan to provide greater public access to the creek.

 WVC President Brad Davis remarked, “We're excited about the opportunity to restore this beautiful natural resource we have running through the middle of our campus. From stabilizing the stream bed and banks, saving heritage Oaks threatened by bank erosion, removing invasive plant species and reintroducing native plants, to building a trail that will feature interpretive signage, recreation and learning areas, this project is a win-win for the college and our neighbors. The project will also help set an example of good environmental stewardship for our students and the local community.”

 Bill Taylor, Facilities Manager at West Valley College commented, “Restoring Vasona Creek is truly a legacy project.  Our work here will open up a neglected resource, transforming it into a beautiful and functional part of the campus and community for generations to come.”

 This public forum will serve to inform the community of the upcoming project and to solicit ideas about the creek restoration and trail design. The forum will include speakers from the college and consultants specializing in creek and native plant restoration.  Exhibits will provide site plans, photos, and samples of native plants. All  interested parties are invited to attend. For more info visit the website http://westvalley.edu/creek.