PG&E is helping fund a restoration project for middle school students to help preserve Arroyo Grande Creek habitat.
Students from Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande are teaming with members of the California Conservation Corps and community volunteers to provide the restoration. The students and volunteers will train fellow students to conduct water quality monitoring and restore habitat and nursery grounds for the federally threatened steelhead trout and the federally endangered California red-legged frog.
On Thursday (May 3), the PG&E Nature Restoration Trust contributed nearly $28,000, part of a $1 million commitment to similar projects throughout Northern and Central California. There also was a ribbon cutting and student-led tours of the creek trails.
The restoration project is part of a Central Coast Salmon Enhancement project. Since 2009, Paulding Middle School has used the adjacent watershed for after-school programs and a location for teachers to take students for science and environmental studies.