Trout return to San Pablo Creek!

December, 2016. It has been many years since rainbow trout were spotted in San Pablo Creek in Orinda – until last week.  For over ten years, Fisheries biologist Brain Waters and Wildlife biologist Professor Reg Barrett have maintained that San Pablo Creek in Orinda is potential habitat for rainbow trout. They were proved right after EBMUD reported over 100 trout ranging in length from 10-14 inches near the Orinda Filter Plant.   This occurred shortly after EBMUD cleared root wads and other debris and removed the metal obstructions in the sluice gate opening of the small (12-foot high) dam just upstream of Bear Creek Road - in time for rainbow trout to swim upstream for spawning season.


Besides the pleasure of seeing these large fish swimming in our creeks, they are one of the best indicators of creek health.  Friends of Orinda Creeks (FOC) has been in negotiation with EBMUD for many years to see this happen and pressed for providing an opening for fish and regular maintenance of the dam.

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.

Click here to read a short article in the January/February issue of California Fly Fisher.

Sluice gate opening when clear, which is not very often.

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.

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.

​​Our New Interpretive Sign!


On Friday, April 29, 2016, Friends of Orinda Creeks installed a brand new interpretive sign in the Orinda Community Park near the tot structure. It features pictures of San Pablo Creek in downtown Orinda, local wildlife, a map of Orinda's watershed, and information about the creek. The sign was produced and installed in partnership with the City of Orinda.