The continuation of the watershed planning process involves assessing and prioritizing major erosion sites in the Sausal Creek Watershed so that solutions can be sought to reduce erosion and improve habitat values.
The Sausal Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan was completed in March 2010 to provide a science-based blueprint to guide long term restoration of Sausal Creek. The primary focus of the plan is erosional effects of stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution in the Sausal Creek Watershed. Improvements were presented to reduce peak stormwater volumes and lower erosion rates along the creek channel and reduce flood volumes in the most downstream area of the creek. Stakeholders are now working to refine and prioritize potential projects so that funding can be sought to mitigate erosion issues.
Drinking Water Supply
Water Quality Improvement
Habitat Protection and Restoration
Recommended projects would slow the flow, increasing infiltration, improving water quality, and reducing flooding issues. Since 1996 our organization has led volunteers throughout the watershed in restoration and habitat improvement projects. Through our environmental education program, we introduce restoration concepts to students from underserved schools.
Many of the issues in this urban watershed stem from the fact that urban land covers 77% of the drainage. The long-term vision of our organization is to create an intact riparian corridor from the hills to the bay that is accessible to all. This can only be accomplished by gradually changing land use in the lower watershed, which is largely culverted.
We would like to build more partnerships with groups in the lower watershed. This is an ongoing challenge because there are few access points to the creek in this area.
Yes, the watershed plan specifically discusses rain barrels, cisterns, and detention basins. We hope that the City of Oakland LID Master Plan will include some sites within the Sausal Creek Watershed.
Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental and habitat protection and improvement, Flood management, NPS pollution control, Storm water capture and management, Water quality protection and improvement, Watershed planning