Rain and a raging Mission Creek provided an appropriate backdrop Monday morning as city officials, joined by Representative Lois Capps, held a press conference in Oak Park to celebrate the completion of a nearby steelhead trout-minded creek restoration project. Part of the city’s ongoing collaborative efforts to restore Mission Creek into the seasonal spawning super highway it once was for the endangered steelhead trout, the Oak Park project removed some 2,000 square feet of concrete from the creek bed near the Tallant Street bridge, relocated a troublesome city sewer pipe, and planted more than 1,500 native plants. The $825,000 project was made possible thanks in large part to grants from California Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as revenue from Measure B.


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