Additionally, the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission appropriated $8,000.00 to the Bay Institute, STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) Project at Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa, in their education and restoration of Spring Creek, a tributary of Santa Rosa Creek, which flows into the Russian River.
The STRAW Program consisted of:
- Four days of STRAW professional development for teachers
- Classroom visits and instruction from STRAW staff to assist in developing watershed studies to prepare the students for restoration activities
- Materials and supervision for the student-involved restoration of approximately 100 feet of Spring Creek, bordering Montgomery High
- Post restoration maintenance and student educational activities.
Students attending Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's June, 2000 Basins of Relations Community Watershed Training, learn about Dutch Bill Creek habitat restoration from Doug Gore using rock weirs. In the past the Sonoma County Fish &Wildlife Commission has funded both the Basins of Relations training and the installation of numerous creek restoration structures, such as rock weirs and digger logs.