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October 1, 2016 (Lakeside) – The U.S. Geological Survey has completed and published its report, “Rare Alluvial Sands of El Monte Valley, California” confirming the rich diversity of reptile species found here.  Jonathan Richmond, PhD, of the USGS will present findings on Monday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Lakeside Christian Church, 13739 El Monte Rd. in Lakeside.

Work by the USGS is considered the gold standard and used by public agencies as the basis of public policy decisions. The public is welcome to come and learn about the fascinating creatures found in the El Monte Valley despite significant soil and habitat disturbance by man. Bring your children so they can see science in action!

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Rare Sandy Arroyos in San Diego

Once common and great habitat our alluvial sands are almost gone. First to agricultural conversion and dam construction, then development, imported water runoff, sand mining and habitat conversion to riparian woodland for 'mitigation'. When the sand is gone, so is the potential for habitat restoration.