Become A Member!

Participation and membership in this organization is
open to all individuals and organizations, including, but
not limited to, residents of the watershed, teachers,
students, government employees, and members of the
community at large who are interested in protecting and
improving Marsh Creek, its watershed, and the
community's natural resources, parks and open spaces
affiliated with the watershed.
To become a member an individual or organization must
fill out a membership application and pay dues.

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~Annual Dues~
Student  $15
Individual $30
Family   $45
Creek Friend $100
Creek Guardian $200

Creek Forever Friend  
(Lifetime Membership)  
The Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed (FOMCW) is a community
organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the
Marsh Creek Watershed.
"Creeks Create Community"

Coordinating Committee- Our Board

Pat Sotelo
Mr. Sotelo is a volunteer Chairperson of the Board. Pat Sotelo has been a
park ranger for twenty years with the Livermore Area Recreation and Park
District. In that time he has participated in numerous natural resource
restoration projects, including construction and monitoring of ponds for
California tiger salamanders and red-legged frogs, as well as the removal
and control of non-native plants and wildlife in the Arroyo Del Valle and its
tributaries. For the last several years he has led watershed and stream
ecology programs (in-class and in-stream) for students in the Livermore,
Pleasanton, and Dublin school districts. He is a founding member of the
FOMCW and has participated in the Contra Costa County Stream
Monitoring program, Dutch Slough Wetland Restoration Project programs
and activities, and watershed presentations for the city councils and
planning commissions of the cities of Oakley and Brentwood. His duties are
spelled out in our bylaws and include presiding over meetings of our
coordinating committee and voting on board decisions.

Brian Curran
Mr. Curran is the voluntee rBoard Member and Chairperson of the
Monitoring Committee.  He is a founding member of the Friends of Marsh
Creek Watershed.  His passionate interest in environmental issues has led
him to become involved in several watershed related activities.  He has been
actively involved with the Contra Costa Clean Water Volunteer Monitoring
Program for the past 5 years. He has worked with the California Regional
Water Quality Control Board to develop a program for water quality
monitoring in Marsh Creek. Brian was awarded theEast Contra Costa
County Citizen Water Monitoring Volunteerof the year at the Watershed
Forum consecutively in 2007 and 2011. He is also a member of the citizen’s
advisory committee for the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy.
His duties are spelled out in our bylaws.

John Alcorn
Mr. Alcorn is the volunteer Treasurer of the Board. John has been involved
in conservation activities throughout his life, being from a National Park
Service family.  John has a BS and MBA in Accounting from the University of
California, Berkeley.  He practiced as a CPA for a number of years before
going into industry consulting specializing in health care facilities, mostly
nonprofit entities.  He joined the Friends of Marsh Creek group shortly after
moving to Brentwood in 2006, and has been involved in many of their
activities, particularly outreach to the public and the effort to incorporate the
group.  His duties are spelled out in our bylaws.

Joan Douglas-Fry
Ms. Douglas-Fry is the volunteer Chairperson of the Development
Committee and Vice Chair of the Board.  She is an early member of the
Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, and was introduced to FOMCW while
serving as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Brentwood.  As
Chairperson of the Development Committee, she has helped FOMCW
connect with City and agency staff members and was highly involved in the
development and presentation of the Creek Workshop presented to the
cities of Brentwood and Oakley.  Ms. Douglas-Fry tracks new development
projects located along the creeks in the watershed area and assists the
FOMCW with the public involvement process for such projects.  She has
over 14 years experience as a CEQA practitioner/environmental planner
working for private consultants in California, and served six years as the
Chapter Director of the California Association of Environmental
Professionals-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.  Ms. Douglas-Fry is also a
member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of
Certified Planners.  Her duties are spelled out in our bylaws

Barry Margesson
Mr. Margesson is the volunteer Chairperson of the Planting Committee and
Vice Chair of the Board. He is a founding member of FOMCW. Barry is the
Landscape and Facilities Supervisor in the Park and Recreation Department
of the city of Brentwood.  Mr. Margesson serves on the advisory committee
for the Liberty Union High School District ROP Transition Landscaping and
Planting Program. He helped establish the first community gardens in the
city of Brentwood. He is active in maintaining the FOMCW native gardens
and in the planning of creek cleanups.  His duties are spelled out in our

Fred Glaser
Mr. Glaser is a retired elementary school teacher and has been involved
with Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed since the beginning.  He enjoys
volunteering with the Contra Costa County Water Monitoring program. As a
student he minored in biological sciences. While teaching he was active in
the Pittsburg Education Association. One of the duties he performed was
Vice President of the Association. He has lived in Antioch for the last 40
years, and has watched, with interest, the development of the land in the
area. He enjoys the various area open spaces and parks and was
particularly happy that  Black Diamond Regional Park opened up a few
years back. Mr. Glaser spent some time on the Delta working in the Coast
Guard Reserve. Mr. Glaser sees a need for improving our environment and
making it better for future generations. He enjoys spending his time fly
fishing, backpacking, and hiking. He belongs to Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen,
Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club. His duties as a FOMCW
board member are spelled out in our bylaws.

Michael Pollock
Michael is our newest Board Member.  He has been active with FOMCW for
many years. Michael recently became a Master Gardener and works with his
wife, Julie on teaching about permaculture through their Locally Oakley
program.  Michael recently made his first attempt to write a grant proposal
for FOMCW and was successful!  More about Michael to come!! His duties
as a FOMCW board member are spelled out in our bylaws.
Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed
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