Annual Creek Cleaning
We appreciate those of you who spent part of your last weekend in September preparing for winter rains that we hope will come. Whether you cleaned your section of the creek or your drainage areas, it will all make a difference when it comes to localized flooding. If you haven’t had a chance to get out there, it’s not too late and we urge you to do so.
An extra special thanks to Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority in partnership with Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (www.shfpd. org) for the added benefit of the debris pick up for this event. Makes getting rid of unwanted vegetation much easier! The crew removed approximately 3.5 cubic yards of material from the dropoff location.
If you see something that may need extra attention or if you need help cleaning “needy” sections of the creek, please reach out to Eric Riemer at 415-748-4231 or email@example.com.
Thank you for being the best neighbor and community member you can be. We are all in it together!
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 415-748-4231 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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: DPWLandDevEngineer@marincounty.org 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 email@example.com.
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: