The Restoration Project has received the official support of EBMUD. Click here to read their recent letter to Mayor Inga Miller regarding the alignment of the Downtown San Pablo Restoration Plan with EBMUD's own East Bay Watershed Master Plan which "strives to improve water quality, increase biodiversity and provide opportunities for the public to enjoy" the local watershed.
The Orinda Association's February edition of the Orinda News featured a nice column about the restoration based on an interview with Friends of Orinda Creeks' President Bob Stoops (note correct spelling) and Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary's Paul Bettelheim. You can read it by clicking here!
FlowWest out of Berkeley, CA has been selected to provide the engineering basis for a restored San Pablo Creek. FlowWest has worked on similar projects throughout California and has the experience and capability to develop what’s known as The Next Level Design Plan. This will advance the Preliminary Restoration Plan to a 30% design level and provide cost estimates for the final design, permitting and construction costs.
Importantly, the Plan will include three (3) concept level designs of creek and restoration alternatives to present to the City and adjacent property owners. Gentle meanders will most likely be a part of the final design in order to restore functionality. Click here for FlowWest's Example Design and here for their full proposal.
Friends of Orinda Creeks has released a request for proposals to advance the Preliminary Restoration Plan for San Pablo Creek (2001) to a 30% Design Plan. Design details at the 30% level shall:
Based on stakeholder interviews conducted in 2017, ULI - an outside consulting firm tasked with providing expert, multidiscipline advice and recommendations to Orinda regarding the future of Downtown Orinda – uncovered strong community interest in integrating San Pablo Creek into the planning of downtown Orinda and “converting the creek into a usable community asset.”
The ULI report concluded “San Pablo Creek represents a huge opportunity for downtown…San Pablo Creek could someday become a defining feature of Orinda.”
FOC presented the Preliminary Restoration Plan for San Pablo Creek to the Orinda City Council in October 2001. The council voted to support the plan and to work with FOC in their implementation efforts.
A preliminary restoration plan for San Pablo Creek was commissioned by Friends of Orinda Creeks and funded by EBMUD in conjunction with the California Regional Water Board SEP program in July, 2001.
The Plan was developed by an engineer and hydrologist with Water Resources Institute (WRI). They used historical documents to calculate channel dimensions (capacity), equilibrium channel slope, valley slope and meander ratios with the goal of recreating a natural channel that is stable and provides increased flood control. The plan also included a creekside path and native revegetation.
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