The major program areas of FOSC are restoration, monitoring, and environmental education–all intertwined and supported by volunteers, staff, and board members. Since our founding 24 years ago, our work in the watershed has revolved around improving water quality and ensuring the survival of creek species, including the native fish populations, by encouraging native plant growth and by stabilizing stream and tributary banks. This type of work requires both a long view and a persistent, year-in-year-out, on-the-ground effort. This grant will provide essential funding for our core areas of work in two complementary projects: The Dimond Canyon Erosion Control Project (Erosion Control Project) and the Rainbow Trout Conservation and Management Plan (Trout Plan).
Monitoring, maintaining, and improving water quality form the core of these projects. Success of both the Erosion Control Project and the Trout Plan will rely on assessing riparian habitat damage and threats, monitoring interventions, determining necessary restoration and remediation actions, and implementing those actions with the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers. At the same time, we will be training the next generation of local citizen scientists and environmentalists to carry on the work and help protect this resource. Rose Foundation funding will pay staff to oversee and coordinate these efforts, purchase supplies and equipment, and support other program and administrative costs.