Connect Orinda With a Creek!

Friends of Orinda Creeks has launched an inspiring plan to restore the downtown Orinda section of San Pablo Creek. Our goal is to achieve a beautiful and fully restored, fully accessible creek corridor within five years. Supported by voluntary donations, Friends has retained a consulting firm, FlowWest, to do conceptual design and engineering for a creek restoration for Orinda Village. 

Friends of Orinda Creeks is working closely with the City of Orinda, which is moving forward on its own Streetscape Plan. We are working cooperatively to identify opportunities for parks, creek trails and other amenities that will promote enjoyment of the local watershed, and improve pedestrian, recreational and commercial opportunities in downtown Orinda.

But Friends of Orinda Creeks needs you to weigh in with the City, and share your support for this vision! Please fill out the community survey and remind the City that creek restoration is urgently needed, and fundamental to beautifying our downtown. Suggested talking points include:

  • *Integrate Streetscape with creek restoration! Orinda has turned its back on San Pablo Creek for too long; it is time to treat our creek like the amenity and beautiful natural resource it can be. The City should do all that it can to support creek restoration planning and implementation, and integrate that effort into its own Streetscape Plan.
  • *Prioritize stewardship of the creek corridor! San Pablo Creek is currently a dumping ground. More than 250 pounds of waste and debris were removed this year alone. Unsightly dumpsters are left open to contribute endless streams of waste into the creek corridor. Cyclone fences prohibit access to the creek. Urge the City to focus beautification immediately on this neglected corridor.
  • *Prioritize the acquisition and better management of the creek corridor where possible so that the City is poised to expand its park system, thereby integrating a restored creek corridor into the downtown area.

And don’t forget to ask the City what they are doing now to restore our creeks!

Streamside Management

For Landowners in Contra

Costa County (SMPL)

The California Urban Streams Partnership (CUSP) is working with Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District of the Public Works Department to assist properties located along the creeks with erosion and flooding problems. This is a free service funded by the county.  The CUSP will visit homes and help identify what is causing the problems and suggest the steps for how the property owner can solve them. We can provide instruction in using soil bioengineering solutions using plants. These systems have a successful performance record for solving tough erosion problems and have been adopted by engineering agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers and Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Appointments with CUSP staff can be made by emailing: Emanuel Peterson; 510-932-2370.


See the article in the Orinda News about San Pablo Creek restoration!

The article starts on page 12 and continues on page 16. 

Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Survey (BMI Survey)

On Thursday June 27, 2019 Board members from Friends of Orinda Creeks – Leesa Evans, David Hop, Tom Morehouse and Bob Stoops – joined members of the Watershed Project (, led by Helen Fitanides, in surveying the tiny macroinvertebrates living in San Pablo Creek. The survey was conducted in the area between the Miner Road bridge upstream to the 1920 bridge at the end of Orinda Village.

Controlled sampling of these tiny bugs took place in clearly flagged 25-foot sections all along the creek. In addition to the samples, the team measured stream width and average depths of the creek. We hope to have the results of the survey in the next couple of months once they return from the lab. We will post the data on the web site.