The Pinole Creek Watershed covers approximately 15 square miles in the north-west part of Contra Costa County. The watershed includes portions of the cities of Pinole and Hercules as well unincorporated areas such as the EBMUD Pinole Valley property and sections of El Sobrante and the Briones Agricultural Preserve.
The Pinole Fish Passage Grand Opening!!
The Pinole ribbon cutting commenced on on October 24th. There was a short ceremony with local officials speaking, including the Mayor of Pinole and Congressman Mike Thompson. It was a beautiful day marked by a ceremony to welcome the fish back to the I-80 culvert in Pinole!
Results - Pinole Creek is Fish Friendly! The biologists reported that all survey parameters in the Lower Pinole Creek were within a range suitable for steelhead and included extensive pool habitat. This suggests that the lower part of Pinole Creek has the potential to support steelhead if passage issues at the I-80 culvert are remedied. Results of the habitat assessment in Upper Pinole Creek indicate that significant steelhead/rainbow trout habitat exists here.
The Pinole Creek Watershed Sediment Source Analysis and Baseline Water Quality Study The RCD and NRCS partnered with The San Francisco Estuary Institute to produce The Pinole Creek Watershed Sediment Source Analysis and Baseline Water Quality Study - The final report is now available online in PDF format at http://www.sfei.org/sites/default/files/PinoleCreekFinal.pdf A poster summarizing the study and its recommendations was produced for the State of the Estuary Conference. This poster can be viewed at http://www.sfei.org/sites/default/files/05SOE_Poster_Pearce_MedRes_0.pdf. Contact Ben Wallace at email@example.com for more information on this study. Pavon Creeks Assessment As a follow up to the Pinole Creek Sediment Study, the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) worked with the Contra Costa RCD, NRCS, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) during the 2005-2006 wet season to complete an assessment of the Pavon Creeks sub-basin, a tributary to Pinole Creek to determine the causes of erosion in this sub-basin. These tributaries to Pinole Creek have been identified as the single largest point source of sediment in the watershed. The purpose of the assessment is to gain a better understanding of the processes and rates occurring within the sub-basin so that the stakeholders and land managers can make more informed decisions regarding current and future management of this area. The final report is now available online in PDF format at http://www.sfei.org/sites/default/files/WS515_PavonCreek_FinalReport.pdf
Pinole Creek Watershed Vision Plan A collaborative vision-planning process was conducted in 2003-2004 that resulted in the Pinole Creek Watershed Vision Plan. Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed People who wish to learn more about Pinole Creek Watershed, and people who are interested in the maintaining and restoring the health of the watershed may wish to join the Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed. Please visit their website at http://www.pinolecreek.org/ Vision Planning Process The Pinole Creek Watershed Vision Plan was developed with help of the Urban Creeks Councils and the Restoration Design Group, through a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. The process emphasized local control, consensus-based decision-making, and voluntary implementation. The Planning Group met from June 2002 through 2003. A planning group comprised of stakeholders in the watershed collectively determined the contents of the plan.
Partners The planning group included a diverse group of stakeholders from watershed residents in urban areas, ranchers in the upper watershed, teachers, scientists, environmentalists, agency representatives and many others. Cooperating agencies/technical advisors include:
Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
City of Pinole
East Bay Municipal Utility District
San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board