Watershed Restoration & Training

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Basins of Relations trains young people from West Contra Costa County to become stewards of their watersheds, communities, and the creeks that run through them. Natural spaces in urban areas are frequently neglected, fenced off, overgrown, and viewed as a public safety hazard rather than a community resource. This trend is especially pronounced in underserved communities of color. The Basins of Relations program seeks to fight this injustice and reconnect members of the Richmond community with their natural surroundings.

Each year, this program employs and trains a Watershed Restoration Technician (WRT) team capable of contributing to restoration projects and leading watershed awareness programs in West Contra Costa County. Over the course of a summer training program and a year-long apprenticeship, the WRT team develops a set of skills and expertise that will help them support their local watershed, their community, and their own career. Topics covered include riparian ecology, native flora and fauna identification, horticulture, hydrology, water quality testing, community engagement and leadership, stormwater management and creek restoration.

We are grounded in the belief that watershed health and community health are intimately connected: we cannot have one without the other. This program seeks to improve the health of all living beings in the watershed.

For more information or to get involved, contact Nathan Bickart, Watershed Restoration Program Training Manager: nathan@urbantilth.org

We are currently hiring a co-manager for this program. The job announcement can be accessed here:http://www.idealist.org/view/job/PjgmnDStN2D/