One of the storm drain labels throughout Orinda.

Volunteer BMI sampling done with the county. 

​​​Some of Our Many Activities


Friends of Orinda Creeks is an active community group. 

With Orinda Residents:

  • Remove trash and invasive non-native plants from the creeks 

  • Plant native riparian species 

  • Provide local students with opportunities for field projects to enhance their environmental education

  • Sponsor informational workshops for creekside homeowners

  • Place “Please . . No Dumping, Drains to Our Creeks” signs on storm drain inlets throughout the community

  • Write articles about our creeks for our local newspapers 

  • Participate in the Fourth of July parade and staff an informational booth in the park after the parade 

  • Participate in the annual Wagner Ranch Wildlife Festival 

  • Encourage composting, removal of exotic invasive plants, planting of low maintenance native plants, and reducing of chemical fertilizers and pesticides 

  • Recruit volunteers for a twice-yearly creek clean-up in the downtown section of San Pablo Creek
  • Work with Boy and Girl Scouts to fulfill their community service projects



With the County:

  • Train and participate in water quality and BMI (Benthic Macroinvertebtate)  sampling events

  • Train and participate in stream habitat mapping

  • Click here for BMI Data 



For Rainbow Trout:
In addition to its general water quality and stream habitat restoration goals, FOC is working to restore rainbow trout to their historical habitat in San Pablo Creek in Orinda.

Booth at the Fourth of July festival.