The Creek and Its Watershed

Wolf Creek begins above Grass Valley, California, flows through the city, turns roughly south, and eventually joins the Bear River at Nevada County’s southern border. The creek and its tributaries drain a significant portion of southwestern Nevada County. Wolf Creek has historically been neglected and under-appreciated, but that has begun to change as Wolf Creek Community Alliance works to preserve and protect Wolf Creek and its watershed for the benefit of present and future generations.

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In the Current

Young volunteer wins scholarship. Major congratulations are due to Delphine Griffth, daughter of long-time WCCA monitor Gary Griffith, for recently receiving a $1000 scholarship award from the Sierra Nevada Group of the Sierra Club. Delphine was chosen in part for her community service accomplishments, which include her volunteer work with WCCA. She plans to attend Sarah Lawrence College and major in Environmental Studies. Delphine inspired the scholarship committee as a light and hope for the future of our world and its wild places, including her home Wolf Creek Watershed.

2016 Wolf Creek monitoring calendar This year's water-quality monitoring days are listed here for your convenient reference, along with information about becoming a monitor.

Watch A Creek Runs Through It. This 12-minute video, shown at the SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival, explores Wolf Creek's hidden values and the potential it holds for adding value to the Grass Valley community if it is restored. Follow this link to watch it on Youtube.

Support Wolf Creek Alliance at no cost! Every time you shop at SPD, Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx, 3% of your purchase amount can go to WCCA without any money coming out of your own pocket. FIND OUT HOW

We need your support! On the Support Our Work page, you can donate to WCCA quickly and easily using PayPal or a credit card, and you can learn about other ways of supporting our work.


Program Areas

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Ecological assessments
  • Ecological restoration
  • Wolf Creek Parkway
  • Creek-friendly landscaping
  • Watershed awareness
  • Low-impact development
  • Idaho-Maryland Mine project