Friends of Alhambra Creek

Donate to the Martinez Alhambra Way Mural

Friends of Alhambra Creek member, Jeff Sherwin, is leading a project to paint a mural featuring native flora and fauna on the Highway 4 underpass at Alhambra Way in Martinez. The location of the mural can be found at the following coordinates: 37.991749, -122.126641. Tim Hon of Illuminaries will design and paint (with volunteer help) a vibrant and educational mural. The mural project has been approved by Martinez City Council and CalTrans (the property owner). The only thing currently standing between the blank wall coming to life is funding.

Please consider donating to celebrate Martinez and help this mural come to life. This project will keep Martinez a beautiful place to live, work and play. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. If you donate $1,000 or more, you or your business/organization can have your name memorialized on the mural and receive other acknowledgements.

E-mail Jeff at with any questions or suggestions.

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What Are the Friends Up To?

Your place to find the latest information about the Friends' projects and events. Photos from these projects and events have been added to the Photo Gallery at the bottom of this page.

The Alhambra Native Plant Trail

Creek Cleanup Interest Form

The Friends of Alhambra Creek (FoAC) have supported and participated in many creek cleanups within and surrounding Martinez. If you are interested in completing a creek cleanup with the help of the FoAC, please fill out the form by clicking the below button.

Click here for Creek Cleanup Interest Google Form

Creekside Property Management

Having a creek or waterway flowing along or through your property can be a blessing, but it comes with various potential challenges. According to Contra Costa Public Works, "If your property has a creek or a waterway flowing through it, it is your responsibility to maintain it. Typically private property extends to the center of the creek and not just to the fence line. These privately owned creeks are an important part of our county’s drainage system and are regulated by County ordinance, but they are not maintained by the County." To read more about your responsibility as a private creek owner from the county, visit this Private Creek Maintenance page.  

Here is a list of resources that may be helpful to you as a creekside property owner:

Please note, any work to alter a creek (widening, filling, dredging, reinforcing banks, etc.) may require permits from the County, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Contact these regulatory agencies for more information.

Visit our Partner Groups

Alhambra Watershed Council

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Mt. View Sanitary District

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New Leaf Collaborative

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National Park Service

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Friends of Alhambra Creek Photo Gallery