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One man in Berry Creek is taking steps to protect watersheds.

One man in Berry Creek is using materials like Wattles to protect the waterways from toxic materials and ash after the fires burned through the area.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 5:45 PM

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - One man in Berry Creek is taking steps to protect important watersheds after fires burned through the area.

“These home sites, these vehicles, these structures are filled with all sorts of metals, heavy metals, chemicals, all sorts of horrible things that when it rains it is going to leach into the soils, potentially peoples wells and also into our water shed and that is going to be a long-term health effect,” said expert for camp fire restoration project, Matthew Trumm.

Trumm is using what is called wattles that absorbs the toxic materials from going into the most critical watershed that leads into lake Oroville and feeds Sacramento valley’s food systems.

“This is a straw wattle, said Trumm. "Which is basically straw that is capsulated in some sort of material. Mesh or twine. You then want to find the down slope area because this is what is going to lead into a water shed." 

He then digs a trench and lays down the wattle. 

“When the rains come, which they will come, they are going to come here, and they are going to hit this wattle and it is going to catch that material and prevent it from going into our water shed," said Trumm. "This is the most important thing for us to be focusing on right now as a community.”

Action News Now reached out to the Department of Water Resources to see if they are also concerned about these important water sheds.

“With all the burned trees, that debris flow into the lake is going to be an issue and what I want to reassure people is, the department of Water Resources Oroville field division staff are going to enhance this debris clean-up operation," said Liza Whitmore. 

Trumm said he is expecting another shipement today of five more pallets of the wattles and they will be delivered to the staging site and will be used for a demonstration for the community tomorrow.

The demonstration for the community on how to properly install the wattles will be held will at Lake Madrone at 9AM on Friday. 

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