Pinole Creek Watershed

Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed Turns 20

The Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed (FOPCW) are celebrating two decades of collaborative projects that have made the watershed a healthier home for nature and the community.

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.

​Pinole Creek Fish Passage Project

​In 2016, completion of the Pinole Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project at Highway 80 removed the only significant barrier to fish passage and hydrologically reconnected habitat in the upper watershed with the San Pablo and San Francisco Bay Estuaries. The Pinole Fish Passage Project is the capstone of a comprehensive, multi-year, habitat restoration effort. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 24th, 2016. It was a beautiful day to welcome the fish back to the I-80 culvert in Pinole!

Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed

CCRCD has partnered with the Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed (FOPCW) for more than 15 years and currently provides staff support for this extraordinary group of volunteers.

Since 2001, FOPCW has championed restorations throughout the watershed, promoting the recovery of federally-protected steelhead trout. East Bay Municipal Utilities District's Pavon Creek Wetlands Project restored eroded creekbanks and created a sediment detention basin and new seasonal wetlands. The Pinole Creek Demonstration Project restored habitat in the lower, tidally-influenced portion of the creek.

FOPCW hosts activities throughout the year and we hope to see you at one of our events!



Go to Friends of Pinole Creek website

Pinole Creek Watershed Vision Plan

A collaborative vision-planning process was conducted in 2003-2004 that resulted in the Pinole Creek Watershed Vision Plan. The 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. A planning group comprised of stakeholders in the watershed collectively determined the contents of the plan. The group included watershed residents in urban areas, ranchers in the upper watershed, teachers, scientists, environmentalists, agency representatives and many others.

Contact Lisa Anich for more information

Lisa Anich


Lisa Anich

Skills: Outreach, education, hydrology, monitoring, and data analysis.

Fun Fact: As the volunteer membership coordinator for Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Lisa has sincerely thanked MDIA supporters almost 2,400 times since 2013.

Lisa Anich

Lisa moved to Contra Costa County in 1999 and has had the opportunity to work with the CCRCD-supported community groups in Marsh Creek, Kirker Creek, Mt Diablo Creek, Walnut Creek, Alhambra Creek and Pinole Creek Watersheds. She enjoys collaborations with students and interns, especially water quality monitoring projects, and has taught environmental education programs for The Lindsay Wildlife Experience and Contra Costa Water District.

Lisa also provides data analysis for Hydrocomp, Inc.’s streamflow forecasting model which helps agencies in California and the Pacific Northwest improve reservoir operations.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Stanford University.