Friends of San Lorenzo Creek

Who Do I Call?

Local Agencies

Alameda County Clean Water Program
Part of the county's Public Works Agency. Information is available at the program website. It has many free, helpful publications.

Alameda County Flood Control District
Information on permits and planning. The San Lorenzo Creek Watershed is within Zone 2

Alameda County Conservation Partnership
A partnership of the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Offers information and support on permitting, planning, design, and implementation of erosion control and creek restoration projects.

Creek Maintenance
The Maintenance and Operations Division of the county Public Works Agency is responsible for removing debris and obstructions from water channels in its jurisdiction. Crews regularly inspect and clear obstructions from over 330 miles of creeks within the Flood Control District. Each year, thousands of cubic yards of items from shopping carts to mattresses and other trash are removed from waterways.

State Agencies

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Information on fire safe landscaping and home maintenance.

California Department of Fish and Game
707.944.5500 (Bay Delta Region office)
A Streambed Alteration Agreement from the department is required before beginning any creek restoration project (call 707.944.5520 for information on projects in Alameda County). Alameda County is within the Bay Delta Region.

Regional Water Quality Control Board - Bay Area
The board has far-reaching powers to enforce protection of the environment and water quality.

Planting in and Around the Creek

Check with your local nursery to see if they carry native plants or can order them for you. Some parks, such as Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, offer periodic native plant sales.

University of California Cooperative Extension
The Alameda County Master Gardener program can provide gardening advice and assistance.

California Native Plant Society
The East Bay Chapter can provide advice on gardening with native plants. The local chapter operates the Native Here Nursery, where they propogate and sell native plants.

Yerba Buena Nursery
Specializes in native plants of the San Francisco Bay area.