City of Santa Rosa Urban Creek Tour
Field Tour Coordinator: Steve Brady, City of Santa Rosa
Join the City of Santa Rosa’s (City) Storm Water & Creeks Team on a full-day tour to learn about urban creek challenges and tour a few of our past, present, and future creek restoration projects in Santa Rosa. Creeks are the lifeblood of Santa Rosa as over 100 miles of creek channels flow through the city limits, providing valuable wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities to our residents. Over 340 miles of storm drain lines connect City streets to these creeks which can present challenges in maintaining water quality and stream protection. The tour will highlight the City and Sonoma Water's Creek Stewardship Program, showcase low impact development (LID) features, and explore multiple creek restoration projects including: the Prince Memorial Greenway on Santa Rosa Creek (completed 2000-2005); the 1.3 mile-long Lower Colgan Creek Restoration (2015, 2022, planned 2025); and a blackberry removal and native plant revegetation project along Santa Rosa Creek (2018-2023). While traveling between sites, we will discuss illegal camping impacts, invasive vegetation management, stewardship initiatives, volunteer activities, and small-scale restorations throughout the City.