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Join us for an evening filled with fine wines and enjoy a splash in the creek afterward!


Save the Date!

Our 30th Annual Bidwell Park and Creeks Cleanup is just around the corner! 


Join us in celebrating our birthday with live music, a gourmet island-style dinner and a silent auction!


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Block Party with a Purpose

Butte Environmental Council and the City of Chico are pleased to announce the return of the Block Parties with a Purpose, a community cleanup program focusing on Chico's Urban Waterways: Little Chico Creek, Big Chico Creek, and Lindo Channel.

Our next Block Party:

May 13, 2017 - Click here for more details and to sign up!

Come out and join us for our last Block Party of the season!

How this project works: 

  • The City of Chico and Butte Environmental Council determine target problem areas within Chico’s waterways.
  • Neighborhood groups and community members are invited to help join the effort.  
  • Butte Environmental Council provides tools, dumpsters, and expertise.

A little background:

Over the years, our urban creeks have become choked with invasive plant species, and filled with increasing amounts of garbage. Invasive plant species out compete with beneficial native plants and provide fuel for fires, while excessive garbage pollutes the water and leaves neighborhoods looking neglected.

Tackling this problem is intimidating for everyone: neighbors, the city, businesses, and advocacy and environmental groups. But with combined efforts, and the right direction, urban waterways will once again be the beautiful, relaxing waypoints and healthy wildlife habitat corridors they once were.

The program started in the Fall of 2014 as a partnership between Butte Environmental Council, California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and City of Chico. The program now continues with funding from the City of Chico’s Community Grant program and is bolstered by additional generous sponsors. These amazing contributions help empower and support those who care most to take action - the people living adjacent to urban streams.


Press Coverage:

KRCR News: 'Block Parties with a Purpose' target Chico's waterways
Action News Now: Environmental Council throws Block Party Cleanup
Chico Enterprise Record: Volunteers take part in chilly, post-New Year's cleanup of Big Chico Creek
Chico Enterprise Record: Neighbors needed for creek cleanups!

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