Alhambra Watershed Council

Alhambra Watershed Council

AWC is a stakeholder group established in 1997 to produce the Alhambra Creek Watershed Management Plan (2001). 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. By representing diverse stakeholder interests and promoting healthy natural systems, AWC seeks the health and vitality of the entire watershed community. The County, Friends of Alhambra Creek, National Park Service, Muir Heritage Land Trust, residents, Martinez Planning Commission, and Alhambra Valley Improvement Association are all active participants. Recent projects include the Alhambra Creek Watershed Map and Festival, the Strentzel Lane Flood Reduction Project, and AVCC (see below). AWC receives coordinator support from the RCD.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Interested community members are always welcome to attend AWC meetings. Come and share your ideas! Please contact Lisa Damerel if you have any questions.

Click Below to View the AWC Video Meeting Minutes and Presentations

CLICK: AWC Meeting May 4th, 2021: Video

Presentation by Ellen Concepcion, Executive Director of New Leaf Collaborative

CLICK: AWC Meeting April 6th, 2021: Video

Presentation by Mitch Avalon on the Municipal Regional Permit (MRP) 3.0

CLICK: AWC Meeting March 2nd, 2021: Video

Discussion of Potential Projects for 2021.

CLICK: AWC Meeting February 2nd, 2021: Video

Presentation by Trevor Rice, Outdoor Recreation Planner at John Muir National Historic Society, and Gretchen Stromberg, Chief of Resource Management and Planning, on the NPS Mount Wanda Comprehensive Site Management Plan.

CLICK: AWC Meeting January 5th, 2021: Video

Presentation by Ann Riley on the Alhambra Creek Sediment Removal and Vegetation Managment Plan

CLICK: AWC Meeting December 1st, 2020: Video

Presentation by Lisa Damerel and Heidi Petty, CCRCD, about Cleanup Trends

CLICK: AWC Meeting July 2020: Video

Presentation by Heidi Perryman about beavers in Contra Costa County

Informational Documents and Brochures

Read the Alhambra Watershed Council Goals document

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Visit all of the interpretive panels in the watershed. Download the Panel Map to use this guide! Once downloaded, locate all of the interpretive by clicking on the numbered pinheads!

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Visit some of the many stewards of the Alhambra Watershed Council!

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.

​Regularly meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM at Martinez City Hall.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the Friends of Alhambra Creek at friendsofac@gmail.com.

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Mt. View Sanitary District

The Mt. View Sanitary District (MVSD) provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services for the northeasterly portion of the City of Martinez and adjacent unincorporated lands to the northeast. Their wetlands and pond restoration projects are one of a kind and provide both habitat and wastewater filtration.  Tours of their beautiful site are available to the public.

New Leaf: Sustainable Living Collaborative

New Leaf is a collaborative effort among the City of Martinez , Urban Creeks Council , Martinez Adult and Continuing Education, Friends of Alhambra Creek, National Park Service, Contra Costa RCD and the Muir Heritage Land Trust. They received an initial grant from the Dept. of Water Resources in 2004 to fund restoration of the creek behind the school and received additional funding from the Coastal Conservancy, City of Martinez, Martinez Unified School District, Shell Oil, CC Fish & Wildlife Committee and Friends of Alhambra Creek to fund an environmental education component. Students from the Briones Academy (ESA) have been involved in all phases of the project, including design, construction of a shade house, planting, installation of irrigation, weeding, and mulching. A trail and interpretive signs were recently installed.. New Leaf students conduct eco-literacy education with students at John Swett Elementary. They have developed video public service announcements for public access cable TV. .They conducted a restoration project on the Muir Heritage Land Trust property in the upper watershed at Sky Ranch to restore a sensitive seep area that has been fenced off to keep cattle out. For more information Click Here.

National Park Service

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. NPS is the local steward of the John Muir Historical Site and Strentzel Meadow.