Alhambra Creek Watershed

Alhambra Creek Watershed

Alhambra Creek is a stream in Contra Costa County, in the East Bay region of the ​San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. The creek drains into the Carquinez Strait at Martinez, via the historical Arroyo del Hambre. Alhambra Creek and its valley take their name from Cañada del Hambre, Spanish for "valley of hunger," apparently because of some unknown incident involving starving Spanish soldiers. The name appears on diseños repeatedly and appears on an 1842 land grant, Rancho Cañada del Hambre y Las Bolsas. Although technically Alhambra Creek only refers to the upper section of 2 miles, and the United States Board on Geographic Names in 1943 confirmed Arroyo del Hambre as the name for the lower creek, Mrs. John Strentzel, John Muir's mother-in-law, did not like the name and renamed the lower creek also as Alhambra Creek. Currently the entire creek is commonly called the Alhambra Creek, and Arroyo del Hambre Creek and Franklin Creek are considered its two tributaries.

The Alhambra Native Plant Trail

Visit the gardens created by volunteers from Friends of Alhambra Creek, California Native Plant Society & New Leaf Academy to get ideas for your very own California Native Garden at home!
Our goal is not only to educate residents about our native flora, but also to create a wildlife corridor throughout Martinez for birds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
Learn more about The Alhambra Native Plant Trail.

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Visit our Watershed Partner Groups

Alhambra Watershed Council

The group’s mission is to protect and enhance the health of the Alhambra Creek Watershed by educating the public about the watershed, acting as a community resource, and providing a forum for new ideas and projects.

Regularly meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

Friends of Alhambra Creek

Established in 1991, Friends of Alhambra Creek is a volunteer group that brings people and Alhambra Creek together to protect the health of the creek and its surrounding community. They have collaborated with other people and agencies to participate in, and carry out, a wide range of projects.

​The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month and is currently holding meetings on Zoom. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Friends of Alhambra Creek at


Lisa Damerel


Lisa Damerel

Skills: Horticulture, invasive plant removal, CA native plants & animals, grant writing

Fun Fact: Lisa was a Girl Scout throughout elementary and middle school. Lisa climbed to the summit of Huayna Picchu and visited the Peruvian rainforest in 2016.

Lisa Damerel

Lisa is from Los Angeles, CA. She has a BA with Honors in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Professional Sequence in Editing certificate from UC Berkeley Extension. She worked in publishing for 10 years, primarily editing educational materials including science textbooks and curricula. Her passion for nature led her back to school to study horticulture at Diablo Valley College where she earned a Nursery Technician certificate. She joined the CCRCD’s staff in January 2019. She likes hiking with friends and family, eating chocolate, creating beautiful things, and rooting for the Oakland A’s.