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The SHHA Creek Committee


Saturday October 7th @ 9:00 am!

Get your work gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 7. We’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves).

We’ll be at the clubhouse at 9am that morning to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance. If you know of any issues beforehand, please contact Creek Corps leader Eric at 415-748-4231 or

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District ( and FIRESafe MARIN ( will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.

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 2pm (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 7th, please contact Todd Lando at

In addition, Cub Scout Pack 50 and Troop 50 will be working with Sarah Phillips, the Urban Streams Program Manager for Marin Resource Conservation District and Solomon Henson, the Education Program Director for Sierra Streams Institute, on a service project to pick up litter in and around the creek, identify and remove non-native vegetation crowding out our natives and learn about watershed stewardship, water quality, and more from 9am-12pm.

A big thanks in advance to Eric Riemer and the volunteers, SHFPD, FIRESafe Marin, Cub Scout Pack 50 and Troop 50, Marin Resource Conservation District, Sierra Streams Institute, and County of Marin!


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

Check out pictures from last years 2015 CREEK CLEANING/WINTER STORM PREP and CHIPPER STATION


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.

Winter is Coming is a brochure that will help you get prepared for winter storms.

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:


Some History: