Homeless populations are often counted using a method called point-in-time (PIT) counts, conducted in January. The 2019 PIT count recorded 186 individuals in Calaveras County and 214 in Amador County. These counts are often regarded as inaccurate because the time of year they are conducted and because many individuals do not want to be counted. What is clear is that homelessness is on the rise and is projected to increase because of the dramatic spike in unemployment that resulted from Covid.
the Foothill Conservancy’s Watershed Protection Alliance partners with ACES Waste Services, Sierra Wind Wellness Recovery Center, and our unhoused neighbors in an effort to preserve the health of our local watersheds. Alongside encampment residents and our generous volunteers, we spend one day per month removing trash from a site.
By helping keep these sites clean, we keep garbage out of the diets of wildlife, keep plastics from breaking down and impacting aquatic organisms, and reduce the amount of generalist predators like coyotes and ravens that are drawn to garbage and can impact nesting birds and other native wildlife.
In addition to our photo monitoring efforts, we also plan to pilot a new stream monitoring program and we continue to explore ways we can improve our program. With homelessness on the rise, the Foothill Conservancy is determined to be a proactive force protecting our local watersheds
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Larry Patterson, Board President, Camanche Village, CA: MS Civil/Transportation Engineering UC Berkeley, BS Civil Engineering University of Texas, private consultant, former Public Works Director and City Manager of San Mateo, recipient of the League’s James L. Martin Award in 2012