Good news for the town of Los Altos Hills, Calif. The town recently was awarded more than $83,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The grant is being used to provide educational outreach to local students and foster native habitat in a local creek that's been impacted by invasive species.
By removing invasive species and adding native plants, the project aims to enhance plant diversity along the restored stretch of the creek and improve the natural habitat for wildlife in the area. Sixth graders at an elementary school down the road were eager to contribute to the project, and after being treated to planting demonstrations and ecology lessons, the more than 50 students planted 600 native plants in just two days' time.
It's nice to see young people striving to create change in their communities, whatever the cause may be. As for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the total number of grants it's awarded so far is $3.4 million. The grants are all geared toward enhancing wetlands, riparian habitat and stream conditions, guaranteeing safe water conditions well into the future. Hats off to them.