About Wolf Creek Community Alliance

WCCA exists to: 1) preserve and protect Wolf Creek and its watershed for the benefit of present and future generations; 2) engender community stewardship of the creek and its watershed; 3) restore the creek to a condition of optimal health and integrity; 4) monitor the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the creek; 5) thrive as an organization and thereby have a long-lasting presence and beneficial impact in the watershed.

WCCA is a volunteer-run 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our goals are closely aligned with the EPA Strategic Plan for improving water quality on a watershed basis, protecting/restoring watershed and aquatic ecosystems by increasing community awareness and understanding of water quality problems in the Wolf Creek watershed, and promoting programs and projects to protect and restore the watershed.

WCCA is the only local group whose activities are focused primarily on cleaning up Wolf Creek and restoring this neglected community resource to a condition of optimal health and integrity.

Below, we list and acknowledge all the individuals, organizations, and businesses who collectively make up the "community alliance" that is WCCA: members of the Board of Directors, members of the Advisory Board, members of the Steering Committee, our volunteer creek monitors, those who have made presentations at our public meetings, the businesses and organizations that have provided grant funding, and the organizations and agencies with whom we work as partners and affiliates.

Board of Directors

The WCCA Board of Directors is staffed by dedicated and energetic volunteers, all of whom are active in local civic affairs.

Advisory Board

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is an informal group of volunteers who run programs, represent WCCA on various committees, consult on projects, and perform many other tasks that keep our organization humming.

  • Gordon Baker
  • Sally Bartindale
  • David Brownstein
  • Josie Crawford
  • Suzanne Ferroggiaro
  • Mary Furney
  • Gary Griffith
  • Bruce Herring
  • Sally Herring
  • Jonathan Keehn
  • Lisa Lackey
  • Mike Pasner
  • Don Pelton
  • Jane Pelton
  • Dale Peterson
  • Rick Sanger
  • BJ Schmitt
  • Paul Schwartz
  • Jennifer Scott
  • Terry Shearn
  • Deni Silberstein
  • Ralph Silberstein
  • Geri Stout
  • Wendy Thompson
  • Debra Worth

Working Groups

The WCCA working groups are made up of board members, steering committee members, and community volunteers. They always happy to welcome new volunteers. If you would like to join with us, please let us know about your area(s) of special interest in an e-mail.

Education and Outreach
Fund Development
Low Impact Development, Creek-friendly Landscaping
Monitoring and Creek Stewardship
Native plants and animals
School Connections
Trails & Parkway
Watershed Ecology
Watershed Assessment and Planning

Creek monitors

Trained volunteers regularly monitor the physical and chemical conditions of Wolf Creek at selected sites to help us learn more about possible sources of contamination and describe the watershed conditions which affect the health of the aquatic ecosystem.
(list updated December 2017)

  • Dianne Anderson
  • Bob Anderson
  • Gordon Baker
  • Ray Bryars
  • Allan Duncan
  • Roger Funston
  • Rachel Friesen
  • Gary Griffith
  • Maryann Hart
  • Rebecca Herron
  • Sally Herring
  • Michael Hodgson
  • Chuck Horel
  • Jonathan Keehn
  • Neysa King
  • Mike Kinsella
  • Eric LeMonnier
  • Liz Miller
  • Mike Pasner
  • Dale Peterson
  • Rachel Savaloja
  • Deni Silberstein
  • Sue Sindt
  • Lori Spenser
  • Wendy Thompson
  • Joy Waite

Other Volunteers

These individuals perform various important tasks related to administration, data entry, calibration of instruments, and lab work.


These individuals have taken time from their busy schedules to give presentations about various watershed-related issues at our public meetings.


Many individuals in our community—too numerous to mention here—help support our efforts with their donations.

To join the list of donors, make a contribution at one of the levels listed below, using the button provided. WCCA is a 501c3 non-profit, so donations may be tax-deductible.

Friends ($25-$60)
Patrons ($60-$120)
Sponsors ($120-$240)
Stewards ($240-$600)
Guardians ($600-$1,000)
Benefactors ($1,000 and up)

Other Funding Sources

The following organizations and businesses have provided us with grant funding, facilities, and/or supplies for programs and projects.

Partners and Affiliates

We have established collaborative working relationships regarding regional watershed issues with Sierra Streams Institute, South Yuba River Citizens League, American Rivers, the City of Grass Valley, Nevada Irrigation District, and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. The Sierra Fund is a close ally regarding the toxic legacy of historic mining and abandoned mines in our watershed. We are collaborating with the Sierra District of California State Parks on preliminary natural resources studies in preparation for the restoration of a meadow and South Fork Wolf Creek on public land, and with the Bear Yuba Land Trust in planning for the Wolf Creek Parkway. We have established relationships with teachers at local schools—Grass Valley Charter, Nevada City School of the Arts, Bitney Springs High School, and Sierra College—whose students are learning about local area ecology and developing watershed awareness. WCCA is a member of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the Yuba-Bear Watershed Council, and the Center for Non-Profit Leadership.