Restoring Creeks in Difficult Urban Sites:


Options for Orinda


Where: Orinda Library Garden Room

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


The restoration of San Pablo Creek as it flows through Orinda Village is a key component of the Downtown Revitalization plan. Imagine a naturalized creek complete with a pedestrian path and even a restaurant (or two) with creekside dining. Come learn more about what this project entails and its many benefits from an expert in the field, Dr. Ann Riley. In addition to slides of the many similar successfully completed restorations in other San Francisco Bay Area communities, we will have visual displays of the currently proposed restoration in Orinda. Light refreshments will be served and discussion will follow.


For more information about the lecture and Dr. Riley, click here.

How good is the water quality


​​in Upper San Pablo Creek?

Good enough for a resident population of trout? We are about to find out, thanks to a grant shared by the Watershed Project. A trained student intern, Mada Velasco, has been hired to begin testing several sites on Upper San Pablo Creek for physical characteristics such as temperature, acidity, and dissolved oxygen, using sophisticated instruments on loan from San Francisco City College. She started on July 30, 2017. The data that she obtains will help us determine the health of our watershed and how well it can support wildlife, including rainbow trout.

Thank you, volunteers, for your help with


Coastal Cleanup Days in Orinda!


On Saturday, September 16, Orinda participated in National Coastal Cleanup Day with a huge success.

Friends of Orinda Creek were lucky to have 21 terrific volunteers in downtown Orinda, San Pablo Creek. These volunteers, including girl scouts, high school students, parents, and other Orinda citizens, spread out all along the creek from the back of the Chevron Station to the culvert under the Safeway parking lot; they cleaned up 150 pounds of trash from San Pablo Creek.That is a lot of trash that will NOT make its way to our coastal waters, thanks to these wonderful volunteers and their hard work. Thank you all for a successful cleanup.

Come visit our booth at the Olive Festival


Where: The Nature Area at Wagner Ranch

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm


Hear the latest on the Downtown Creek Restoration Plan, our efforts to bring trout back to our watershed, the new water quality monitoring program, and other projects in the works.

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