Creek Committee


Start October with a bang by getting outside and cleaning your section of the creek and any waterways on your property... be the best neighbor and community member you can be! Even as all of us have been impacted by the current drought, it’s time to start preparing for winter rains!  Let’s all plan to clean up our sections of the creek, drainage areas and anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g., yard waste, broken branches, leaves).  If you see something that may need extra attention or if you’re willing to help clean “needy” sections of the creek, please reach out to Eric Riemer at 415-748-4231 or

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (www.shfpd. org) will also have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning (October 1) from 9am to 3pm. Bring your excess branches and we will chip it for you! If you need help hauling your debris, please drop by the chipper station before noon (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation. For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 1st, please contact Rich Shortall at

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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 the 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


THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING in the 2021 Creek Cleaning Day!

We appreciate those of you who spent part of your weekend preparing for winter rains that we hope will come. Whether you cleaned your section of the creek or your drainage areas, it will all make a difference when it comes to localized flooding.  If you haven’t had a chance to do so, it’s not too late and we urge you to do so.

An extra special thanks to Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District ( for the added benefit of the chipper station for this event. Makes getting rid of unwanted vegetation much easier!

In the future, if you have questions or see something that you think needs attention, please reach out to Eric Riemer at 415-748-4231 or

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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: 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

Visit the MCSTOPP website and the Marin County Watershed Program website for more information.


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
  • Programs/Education


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