Creek Committee


SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 6

Creek Cleaning/Winter Storm Prep

and Chipper Station!

 

Another Successful Creek Cleaning Event!

A huge thanks to everyone who helped clean our creek and local waterways during the annual Creek Cleaning Event on October 6th.  Highlights from this year’s event include: Cub Scout Pack 50 and their parents picking up trash in creek and learning about what makes a “healthy” creek, Boy Scout Troop 50 hauling out woody debris from the creek behind the clubhouse, and a steady stream of residents dropping off branches at the chipper station by the entrance to San Domenico. 

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help, to the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN for organizing the chipper station and to Small World Tree Company for running the chipper station throughout the day.  Also thanks to Bill Malet for posting our signage and Sarah Phillips, the Urban Streams Coordinator for Marin Resource Conservation District, for working with me on the creek assessment.  And a special shout out to Judy Ford for coordinating the scout’s participation, Patti Vance for leading the education efforts and Jan Blackford for making arrangements for the scouts to use the pool.  What a great community effort!

The rainy season is fast approaching…let's continue to keep our waterways clear of debris!  If you know of any areas of concern please feel free to contact me at 415-748-4231 oreric_riemer@comcast.net.

Eric Riemer

Sleepy Hollow Creek Committee



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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 eric_riemer@comcast.net.

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

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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: 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 hbunce@marincounty.org.

Visit the MCSTOPP website and the Marin County Watershed Program website for more information.

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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

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Some History:

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