Creek Committee

Creek Cleaning/Winter Storm Prep

and Chipper Station!



OCTOBER 3, 2020

Creek Cleaning and Chipper Days During COVID!

All of us have been impacted by the COVID pandemic and the uncertainty it brings on so many levels. But one thing we do know for sure – winter rains are coming, and preparation is key!  So we’re moving forward with our SEVENTH Annual Creek Cleaning and Chipper Day on Saturday, October 3  as we all work to clean up our own sections of the creek, and drainage areas of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves) while adhering to all COVID safety precautions of social distancing, face masks, gloves.

Stay tuned for more information!

Yet Another Successful Creek Cleaning/Winter Storm Prep Event!

The annual creek clean-up/winter storm prep on Saturday, October 5th was a huge success!  Creek-side residents cleaned their section of the creek and residents cleaned out drainage areas on their property. The chipper station was very busy which is a good indication of how many people were participating. And, given the work done the past six years, we are happy to report that there was very little “heavy-lifting” cleaning that needed to be done.  Interested and caring residents are being diligent about keeping the creek clean and healthy so that as much water can flow as possible during winter storms.  And cleaning and clearing debris also helps with fire prevention!

Many thanks to all those that helped and a special shout out to the Creek Committee, the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN for the chipper station, to Small World Tree Company for running the chipper station, to John Hanley and his team of volunteers for helping residents haul branches, and to Bill Malet for posting our signage.  What a great community effort!

The rainy season is fast approaching…let's continue to keep our waterways clear of debris!  If you’re interested in joining the Creek Committee, please feel free to contact me at

Eric Riemer

Sleepy Hollow Creek Committee


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.

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:

  • Flood prevention
  • Assessment/Solution identification
  • Programs/Education


Some History:


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