The SHHA Creek Committee
Yet Another Successful Creek Cleaning Event – Fourth in a Row!
The annual creek clean-up on Saturday, October 1st was a huge success! This year, we asked creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek and we asked all residents to clean out drainage areas on their property.
Judging by the amount of debris taken to the chipper station (about 40 yards of material chipped into 10 yards of chips!), we’d say many folks participated. And, given the work done the past three years, we are happy to report that there was very little “heavy-lifting” cleaning that needed to be done.
Interested and caring residents are being diligent about keeping the creek clean and healthy so that as much water can flow as possible during winter storms.
Highlights from this year’s event include:
- Cub Scout Pack 50 and their parents/leader picking up trash in creek, making “salmon hats” and learning about watershed conservation,
- a repeat of the chipper station,
- and once again, the great work of the creek captains in scoping out what needed to be done beforehand.
Despite the cleanliness of the creek, we did manage to find some interesting items this year that didn’t belong – an old rug, broken pots, an old pipe and more – now removed for better flow.
Many thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to help and a special shout out to the Cub Scout Pack 50, James Baigrie for working with me to assess creek, the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN for the chipper station and Sarah Phillips, the Urban Streams Coordinator for Marin Resource Conservation District for leading and educating our volunteers. Thanks also to Carey Lando for posting our signage, Cindy Goefft for updating our signage and Judy Ford for coordinating the scout’s participation. What a great community effort!
The rainy season is fast approaching…let's continue to keep our waterways clear of debris! If you’re interested in joining the Creek Committee, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sleepy Hollow Creek Committee
The SHHA Creek Committee: Who are we?
The Sleepy Hollow Creek Committee is a group of volunteers that are committed to supporting community creek stewardship and flood prevention work in the Sleepy Hollow watershed. The committee organizes an annual creek cleaning event in early fall, encouraging creekside residents to clean their creeks and all residents to clear their waterways in preparation for winter.
The committee is also available during year to consult with homeowners that may have a question/concern about their creek and will help facilitate solutions if needed.
If you’re interested in joining or have questions regarding your creek, please contact Eric at 451-453-4818 or email@example.com.
Check out pictures from last years 2015 CREEK CLEANING/WINTER STORM PREP and CHIPPER STATION
Check out the following to help ensure you are ready for Winter!
- Winter is Coming Brochure (are you prepared?)
- Ross Valley Flood Protection & Watershed Program
If you have general questions about the creek committee, call Nancy at 473-7351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creek Care Resources
Given its goals of flood prevention and creek stewardship, the Creek Committee would like to connect you with creek care resources covering topics ranging from stream bank restoration, storm drain care, erosion control and free creek permitting assistance.
The Creek Care Guide is designed to encourage and support the ongoing stewardship of creeks in Marin County and is divided into three sections. The first section defines healthy creeks, riparian corridors, fish habitat needs, the storm drain connection, and how to identify a potential creek problem. Guidelines for improving creek health are outlined in the second section and a resource directory is provided in the last section.
Groundwork is a handbook for small-scale erosion control for landowners. It was written for Marin County watersheds and it provides background and guidance for erosion control projects.
Repairing Creekbank Erosion is also a good resource.
For those considering any type of creek project, as a good first step, you can contact a Land Development Engineer at the County: call 415-473-3755, email: DPWLandDevEngineer@marincounty.org or visit Room #308 at the Civic Center.
Additionally, the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) provides free creek permitting assistance by holding informal monthly project coordination meetings to review and guide projects through the environmental and regulatory permit process.
Landowners can share their prospective creek projects for free input and constructive feedback from staff at the permitting agencies. For more information or to get a place on the agenda, contact Howard Bunce at 415-473-3748 or email@example.com.
The purpose of the SHHA Creek Committee is to support community creek stewardship and flood prevention work in the Sleepy Hollow watershed. A number of issues can contribute to localized flooding and can include, blocked storm drains and culverts, constriction points, failing or insufficient infrastructure (both private/public), silt & gravel build-up reducing capacity.
Importantly, the Creek Committee will provide support to individual neighbor’s efforts to keep their creeks clear and free of debris and other obstructions that reduce the hydraulic capacity of the creek as required by Marin County Code, Section 11.08 (on home page, select Title 11, Section 11.08).
The Creek Committee will focus work in three general areas:
- Flood prevention
- Assessment/Solution identification
Available: The June 2013 "Creek Maintenance Summary Report".
Here’s to a cleaner creek!
Photos from the September 2014 Creek Clean Up: