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Assessment of an urban watershed and implementation of urban stormwater retrofit projects

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Sponsoring Agency Friends of Sausal Creek
Subregions ('East Bay',)
Counties Alameda
Watershed Tributary Sausal Creek
Public or private land? ('Public', 'Private')
Location (lat/lon) 37.80917365540775, -122.2152614593505
Start Date ongoing
End Date ongoing
Location Description Sausal Creek
Assessment of an urban watershed and implementation of urban stormwater retrofit projects

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
Water Reuse/Recycling
Stormwater Improvements
Groundwater Benefits
Habitat Protection and Restoration
Flood Protection
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
Watershed Management-Habitat Protection & Restoration

Part 2 - Detail

The Friends of Sausal Creek Restoration Committee is currently conducting a series of "hydrology hikes" to refine and prioritize project recommendations made in the watershed plan.


i. Water Supply (conservation, recycled water, groundwater recharge, surface storage, etc.)


ii. Water Quality


iii. Flood and Stormwater Management


iv. Resource Stewardship (watershed management, habitat protection and restoration, recreation, open space, etc.)


Increases Water Supply Reliability
Advances/ Expands Conjunctive Management of Multiple Water Supply Sources
Increases Water Use and/or Reuse Efficiency
Provides Additional Water Supply
Promotes Water Quality Protection
Reduces Water Demand
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Addresses Sea Level Rise
Addresses other Anticipated Climate Change Impact (e.g. through water management system modifications)
Improves Flood Control (e.g. through wetlands restoration, management, protection)
Promotes Habitat Protection
Establishes Migration Corridors
Re-establishes River-Floodplain Hydrologic Continuity
Re-introduces Anadromous Fish Populations to Upper Watersheds
Enhances and Protects Upper Watershed Forests and Meadow Systems
Other (Please Describe)
Increases Water Use Efficiency or Promotes Energy-Efficient Water Demand Reduction
Improves Water System Energy Efficiency
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Promotes Use of Renewable Energy Sources
Contributes to Carbon Sequestration (e.g. through vegetation growth)
Other (Please Describe)
(low) - (high)
Drought Preparedness
Use and Reuse Water More Efficiently
Climate Change Response Actions (Adaptation to Climate Change, Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reduce Energy Consumption)
Expand Environmental Stewardship
Practice Integrated Flood Management
Protect Surface and Groundwater Quality
Improve Tribal Water and Natural Resources
Ensure Equitable Distribution of Benefits
Reduce Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Reduce Water Demand
Improved Operational Efficiency and Transfers
Increase Water Supply
Improve Water Quality
Improve Flood Management
Practice Resources Stewardship
Other Strategies (Please Describe)
Groundwater Management Plan
Urban Water Management Plan
Water Meter Requirements
Groundwater Monitoring Requirements
AB 1420 Compliance
BMP Compliance
CEQA Compliance
Water supply reliability, water conservation and water use efficiency
Stormwater capture, storage, clean-up, treatment, and management
Removal of invasive non-native species, the creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the acquisition, protection, and restoration of open space and watershed lands
Non-point source pollution reduction, management and monitoring
Groundwater recharge and management projects
Contaminant and salt removal through reclamation, desalting, and other treatment technologies and conveyance of reclaimed water for distribution to users
Water banking, exchange, reclamation and improvement of water quality
Planning and implementation of multipurpose flood management programs
Watershed protection and management
Drinking water treatment and distribution
Ecosystem and fisheries restoration and protection
Reduced Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Projects that directly address a critical water quality or supply issue in a DAC
Urban water suppliers implementing certain BMPs as on page 17 of Guidelines
Be designed to manage stormwater runoff to reduce flood damage (PRC §5096.827)
Be consistent with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) (PRC §5096.827)
Not be a part of the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) (PRC §5096.827)

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Part 3 - Benefits