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  • Our Creek. Our City. Our Future.

    Media Contact: Deb KramerEmail: deb@sccreeks.org Phone: (408) 372 -7053

    CoyoteHowl.org

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  • About Coyote Creek Howl Conference

    The Coyote Creek Howl is a one-day summit focusing on the ecology and human issues related to the Coyote Creek Watershed in Santa Clara County, the largest watershed in the county. The summit will inform and culminate in actions that the community can take to help revive the creek.

    Years of trash, homelessness issues and resulting pollution has caused Coyote Creek to become a troubled river. With the communitys help, it can be restored back into the beautiful, living stream it once was.

    The Coyote Creek Howl will feature expert panelists in their respective fields who will share their knowledge and encourage discussions about the creeks pollution problems, wildlife struggles and neighborhood concerns. Speakers will inspire and motivate the community to work with representative groups to heal the creek.

    Additionally, the event will demonstrate San Jose State University student work conducted over the past year, including arts, photography, journalism, advertising, and more. Community groups, such as homeless organizations, government programs and community and environmental groups, involved in activities related to Coyote Creek will be showcased as well.

    Many exciting weekend recreational and educational outings will follow the conference.

    Interested individuals may register for the conference and outings at CoyoteHowl.org.

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    The Coyote Creek Howl is a one-day summit where panelists will discuss the history, ecology & human issues related to the Coyote

    Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in Santa Clara County.

    Session topics include:

    Wildlife

    Homelessness

    Advocacy

    Coyote Creek activities

    Environmental careers

    Citizen engagement

    Fisheries

    Neighborhood issues

    Our creek. Our city. Our future.

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    and more!

    Friday, April 17, 2015San Jose State University

    9am-5pm

  • Coyote Creek Watershed Background

    Coyote Creek is a 64 mile long riparian corridor that stretches from Henry Coe State Park through San Jose to the San Francisco Bay at Milpitas. Despite its name, it is a river with a diverse ecosystem, including creeks, dams, urban areas, ponds, saline environments, and over 20 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails.

    During the late 1800s, Coyote Creek stretched through the growing town of San Jose. The creek was a broad expanse flowing through a mostly rural tree-lined landscape and included a flood plain for seasonal rains.

    Today, Coyote Creek is a narrow ribbon of a very confined stream with most of its wild meanders straightened out of it and surrounded by homes, businesses and freeways. Fish barriers, including metal culverts that are several feet above the water, make it nearly impossible for the fish to migrate to their spawning grounds. However, hope is not lost. With enough support, Coyote Creek can be restored to its original beauty and natural splendor.

  • Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Deb KramerApril 3, 2015 408-372-7053

    deb@sccreeks.org

    Santa Clara County Joins Together for Coyote Creek Howl

    San Jose, Calif., April 3, 2015 - The very first Coyote Creek Howl, a summit focusing on the issues related to the Coyote Creek in Santa Clara County, will be held at San Jose State University on Friday, April 17, 2015.

    The Coyote Creek Howl will feature sessions focusing on wildlife and fish concerns, advocacy, homelessness issues, and ways the community can get involved. In addition, its career sessions will guide participants on how to pursue a green career.

    From our sessions, I hope the community will learn more from the people who are intimately involved with Coyote Creek and other South Bay creeks, says Deb Kramer, Restore Coyote Creek Project Manager. The issues and collaborative solutions presented in each session can inspire attendees to help revive the creek into a healthy system for people and animals.

    With the similar vision of maintaining local creeks healthy and beautiful, the Santa Clara Valley Water District helped make this event possible by providing a grant to the the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition.

    The vision of the Creeks Coalition is to transform our creeks into living streams, says Richard McMurtry, Santa Clara County Creek Coalition Board Director. This conference is envisioned in a way to share this dream with the community and enlist their support in restoring the creek.

    Coyote Creek is home to diverse wildlife and offers many recreational activities, however, it is a troubled river. Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition aims to inspire and motivate the people in

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  • Santa Clara County to become informed and involved in helping maintain its cleanliness and beauty.

    As the conference tagline states: Our Creek. Our City. Our Future. -- the entire Santa Clara County community needs to realize the significance in preserving our waterways, especially in this time of drought, and as a global sustainability issue, says Michael Fallon, SJSU's Center for Community Learning & Leadership Director.

    Fallon also stresses the importance in caring about the over 7,000 homeless people in the county, many of whom dwell along our creeks causing dangerous pollution to water and wildlife. The conference can help individuals develop a better understanding of the complexities with this issue and learn about options for sheltering the homeless.

    I envision Coyote Creek as a vibrant creek, [where] people and nature will coexist in a fashion that allows all to have a clean and healthy environment, says Kramer.

    The organizers, Restore Coyote Creek Project, SJSU and the City of San Jose, hope to offer education, raise awareness, generate serious discussion and encourage collaborative actions.

    Additionally, the event will demonstrate San Jose State University student work conducted over the past year, including arts, photography, journalism, advertising, and more. Community groups, such as homeless organizations, government programs and community and environmental groups, involved in activities related to Coyote Creek will be showcased as well.

    About the Restore Coyote Creek ProjectRestore Coyote Creek, established in July 2014, is a project of the Friends of the Coyote Creek Watershed and funded by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. This project focuses on engaging the community adjacent to Coyote Creek, the San Jose State University students and faculty, and others to clean up the creek and restore it to a healthy, functioning waterway for fish and other riparian species. It has numerous partners, including the City of San Jose, San Jose Conservation Corp, and the Sierra Club. Learn more at restorecoyotecreek.org.

  • Fact SheetCoyote Creek Howl Conference Agenda

    8-9am Registration9-9:45am Opening Session Welcome Plenary on Creek Issues with Barbara Rose Johnson 10-10:45am Sessions Current Threat and Restoration Efforts for Wildlife Toward Resolving Homelessness on Coyote Creek10:45-11am Break11-11:45am Sessions Creekside Neighborhood Issues and Solutions The Need to Restore Coyote Creek Fisheries 12-1pm Socializing & Lunch Speaker: Herman Garcia, CHEER of Pajaro River Watershed Street Theatre 1-1:45pm Sessions Green Career Catalyst Citizen Engagement for a Healthy Creek2-2:45pm Tabling Session SJSU student work Community & Agency Groups 2:30-3pm Break 3-3:45pm Sessions Riparian Corridor Advocacy Get Out There - Experience the Creek! Green Careers Catalyst at Martin Luther King Library 4-4:45pm Closing Session Volunteer Recognition Session outcomes Downtown Streets Team graduate Sign of commitment cards Closing remarks5pm Coyote Howl Happy Hour at San Pedro Square

  • Coyote Creek Sessions in Detail

    Session: Current Threats and Restoration Efforts for WildlifeCoyote Creek features many different types of wildlife and plants. However, lack of wildlife passages for deer and barriers to full flow restoration, including diminished water supplies during drought, impose threats. This session will explore current threats while demonstrating current restoration efforts and how the community can assist the restoration.

    Session: Toward Resolving Homelessness on Coyote CreekMore than 7,000 people are homeless in Santa Clara County. Although these homeless people who were evacuated from the Story Road encampment or the Jungle, countless still live creekside. Four speakers will inform and discuss the plight of these homeless, impacts on the creek, stories of those who have found jobs and moved into housing, and options to respectfully relocate the remaining creek dwellers. Attendees should develop a better understanding of the scope and complexities of homelessness and feasible options for sheltering these homeless.

    Session: The Need to Restore Coyote Creek Fisheries The San Francisco Bay Areas fisheries are struggling to survive. The drought, competing demands for food production, and built environments have taken a toll on the Bays fisheries. Steelhead trout, which have historically used Coyote Creek as spawning grounds before heading out to the ocean, are a federally threatened species. This panel will share the current state of fisheries in Coyote Creek, why its so important to resto