URBAN CREEKS COUNCIL
Preserve, protect and restore urban streams
and their riparian habitats
427 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 :::: (510) 356.0591
Urban Creeks Council does not currently have an active homeowner program outside of the Arroyo de la Laguna area.
For streamside problems on your property, first try your Public Works Department. They may be able to provide helpful information.
For more detailed information and advice regarding:
Erosion or other geomorphic concerns - Contact a geotechnical engineering firm or soil-bioengineering firm (try searching for “biotechnical stream stabilization california” in any search engine).
Appropriate streamside vegetation - Contact a native plant nursery.
To report a problem on public property:
Trash or pollution - Call the city or county clean water or pollution prevention program.
For erosion, flooding or large debris (e.g. downed trees) - Contact the city or county Department of Public Works.
Violations of creek or wildlife protection laws or ordinances (several Bay Area cities and counties do have ordinances limiting construction activities in or near streams) - Contact the city or county Department of Public Works and/or the California Department of Fish and Game.
If you are seeking information on biotechnical streambank stablization measures, you can find a few resources below. UCC is not currently providing consulting or construction services to private landowners.
UCC Complete Permitting Guide
Permitting Information for riparian areas and where to plant cuttings
Erosion Control Blanket
Pole Planting (Live tree cuttings for habitat and erosion control)
Live Staking and Joint Planting
Coir Roll for heavy duty bank stabilization
Willow walls--build a new bank with sediment-trapping willows
Native Plant List
Biofertilizers and Mycorrhizae for Seeding Slopes
The Practical Streambank Soil-Bioengineering Guide (3.5 M)
By Chris Hoag
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