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April 19, 2012
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Alpine watershed group seeking volunteers

Alpine Watershed Group and Friends of Hope Valley are looking for volunteers interested in helping with water quality monitoring, streamflow monitoring and photo monitoring in Hope Valley. Training will be provided.

A field trip to learn about the project will be 10 a.m. - noon May 6 in Hope Valley.

The West Fork of the Carson River starts as a small mountain stream flowing out of the Lost Lakes along the Sierra crest near Carson Pass and meanders down the eastern slope of the Sierra into Hope Valley Meadow.

As a result of various historical uses and ongoing recreational impacts, the stream channel in large portions of Hope Valley Meadow is incised and downcutting. Riparian canopy is present only intermittently. This results in areas of unstable banks and instream habitat that lacks complexity and provides limited cover for native wildlife, according to organizers.

The overall goal of the Hope Valley Meadow Project is to restore the full range of ecosystem services that this highly-visible and well-known meadow has the potential to provide including: natural water storage, flood attenuation, cooling and filtering of water, aquatic and riparian habitat, and recreational values.

A follow up field training will be scheduled in June for those interested in becoming Meadow Stewards for the Hope Valley Project.

For more information about the project visit Anyone interested in volunteering in the field, should contact the Alpine Watershed Group or Friends of Hope Valley to learn more - or

Anyone interested in participating in the field trip should RSVP by May 1.

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 20, 2012 06:04PM Published Apr 19, 2012 12:03PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.