THE FILM: Aerial Views & History of the Deer Creek Watershed; Journey from Headwaters to the Confluence
In this 30-minute documentary, narrated by Lisa Redfern, you’ll explore Nevada County’s Deer Creek history and geography from the air and water. With Cessna fly-over, drone, satellite, ground, and underwater footage, you’ll follow the watershed from its headwaters near Skillman Horse Camp to Scotts Flat Reservoir, over spectacular waterfalls (on PRIVATE property), and Lake Wildwood to the Black Swan Preserve where Deer Creek flows into the Yuba River.
The film follows slickens debris into Marysville where the conflict between mountaineers and farmers established far-reaching property use laws. Along the entire 34-mile trip, you’ll see vignettes of plants and animals who make their home in the Deer Creek watershed.
Toxic mining legacy issues, as well as harmful algal blooms and steps for practicing healthy watershed awareness, are included.
Deer Creek is located in Nevada County, California between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.
From the Film
- an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.
- an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs. – Oxford Dictionary
Animals & Plants (+ articles) in order of appearance in the film
California Oaks – Foundation Habitat Species
Columbia Black-tailed Deer – Crepuscular Cud Chewer
Four-Eyed Banana Slug Wields Six-Fold Slime
Woodpeckers – Drumming Hoarders
Happy Cavity Nesting Families – Western Bluebird
California Quail – Happy Under Cover
Hummingbird – High-Speed Nectar Sipper
‘Oh’possum, a Tick Eating, Fear Fainting Marsupial
Mountain Lion – Fragmented Power Pouncer
Crayfish – Aquatic Groundskeepers
Ghost (Grey) Pine – Produces Nuts in Harsh Growing Conditions
Great Horned Owl – Owls of Nevada County
Western Fence Lizard – Three-eyed Push-Up Tyrant with Break-Away Body Parts
Yerba Santa – Fire Follower & Phlegm Fighter
Native Plants for Healing the Land after Fire
Tail Flashing Cache Faker – Western Gray Squirrel
Western Toad – Zot Drought Survivor
Raccoon – Puzzler & Mastermind
Mountain Pine Beetle – Miniscule Mountain Beetle Turning Forests Red
North American Beaver – Water Banker
Fire Dot Lichen – Lichen: Exploring Microecosystems in Your Backyard
Bald Eagle – Symbolic Feet Fighting Food Thief
Western Redbud – Native Plants for Healing the Land after Fire
Sierran Tree Frog with Chemical Sensitivities
California Buckeye – A Stunning Native
Sierra Newt – Powerful Water Drive & Deadly Skin
Key Areas of Mercury Concern
– direct exposure
– bioaccumulation in the food chain
– consumption of contaminated fish
– improper handling of contaminated sediments
– understanding how mercury moves downstream
The Sierra Fund – Get the Mercury Out Campaign
What can I do About Abandoned Mine Lands (AMLs)?
- Recommend The Sierra Fund mine-scarred land remediation protocol to private and public land managers.
- Support legislation to form a central AML management agency.
- Vote to fund ongoing clean-up efforts.
Action Steps to Practice Watershed Awareness
- Drive less
- Conserve water and electricity
- Use phosphate-free soaps & detergents
- Become a water monitor volunteer
- Plant and nurture native plants
- Help eradicate invasive plant species
- Properly maintain your septic system
- Support open land preservation
- Insist on green building & remodeling
- Support dense up-zoning building code with walkable neighborhoods
- Keep waterfronts, farmland, and storm drain runoffs clear of animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, and automotive spills
Bonus – Not included in the film. Think about plastic. In your car, tarps that cover piles, children’s play equipment, Tupperware, in synthetic clothing, etc. Sun and heat break it down. Sitting outside and running them through appliances creates micro threads and particles that go everywhere. Are there ways to reduce or alter plastic use in your life?
Quotes that Didn’t Make the Cut
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” —Mahatma Ghandi
“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” —Albert Einstein
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” — Ernest Hemingway
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
For many more conservation, science, and environmental organization pointers and links visit the Resources page and the bottom of blog post pages.