News

RFP for the Southern Marin Watershed Guide

A Request for Proposals is now available to produce a Watershed Guide including editing, creating graphics, schematics and maps for the Southern Marin Watershed Program. Proposals are due Thursday, May 15th at 4:00 p.m.

View the RFP on the Southern Marin webpage.

New Design for Novato Creek bridge to benefit flood control and SMART

SMART train bridge over Novato Creek

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) and Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District have agreed to develop an enhanced bridge design for the SMART train tracks over Novato Creek that will help to reduce flooding.

Read the press release

Phoenix Lake Retrofit Environmental Review/Design RFQ Amendment #2 Issued

View of Phoenix Lake

Amendment #2 to the RFQ was issued on Mar. 10, 2014 to consultant firms to examine the environmental impacts of the Phoenix Lake IRWM Retrofit Project and to prepare the design documents. The environmental review will include input from the public and regulatory agencies and is expected to be complete in about 18 months.

View the RFQ

View the Amendement #1

View the Amendement #2

Stinson Beach Watershed Program Flood Study and Alternatives Assessment

View of Stinson Beach from Shoreline Highway.

Thank you Stinson Beach for your response to the survey. We received 300 responses and we'll be coming back to you this spring with the results and next steps. Visit the Stinson Beach page for more information and to sign up to get email updates.

Events

Invasive Spartina Project (ISP) at Coyote Creek

Invasive Spartina Project workers collect plants in Coyote Creek

In early April, ISP collected native Spartina foliosa from marsh along Coyote Creek on lands owned by the Flood Control District. Spartina is a marsh grass that lives in the tidal zone, providing habitat for clapper rails and other species.

ISP will propagate the plants in nurseries. Later, these will be replanted at areas where ISP is removing the invasive, non-native Spartina throughout the Bay Area.

Visit the Invasive Spartina Project webpage for more information

Recent Rainfall Totals

Flood Control operates and maintains 6 precipitation stations in Marin County.

From February 1 through March 5, our gages have recorded these amounts of rain in inches:

Novato 8.51
Kentfield 17.77
Upper Coyote Creek 13.48
Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio 13.08
Pt Reyes Station 15.56
Oceana Marin 11.74

These are impressive amounts, but our area is still behind normal.

Find out more about our weather gages here.

February 9th Storm Prompts Collaborative Effort to Avert Serious Flooding in Stinson Beach

Work crews remove sediment behind Parkside Cafe on February 14, 2014.

Read the press release

Great Blue Heron Visits Mill Valley Stream Gage

Great blue heron at rain/stream gage near La Goma St in Mill Valley

A great blue heron was observed at the rain and stream gage near La Goma Street in Mill Valley on Thursday, February 27th. It was likely looking for a lunch of local fish such as sticklebacks and sculpins.

View another photo

View gage data

Meetings

Marin Project Coordination Meetings

Image of the flyer for the Project Coordination Meeting.Marin County has monthly project coordination meetings to review and
guide projects through the environmental and regulatory permit process.

Click here to find out more.

Community Meeting: Las Gallinas Creek Levee Evaluation

View of levee on Gallinas Creek

A community meeting was convened on January 29, 2014 to provide information about the levees' history, current condition, vulnerabilities, and possible improvement alternatives, and to provide an opportunity for residents to share thoughts on the evaluation results.

Download reports related to the evaluation.

Resources

Fish Passage Program

fish passage

Restoring fish passage
through County structures remains a high priority for Marin County Public Works. Since 2005, eight barrier removal projects have been completed and four more are in the design phase.
Click here to learn more….

White paper on Climate adaptation - sea level rise

1953 photo of San Rafael

The City of San Rafael has produced a white paper aimed at providing information useful for understanding sea level rise and moving forward to the next steps in long-range planning.

Read the white paper

Tidal Wetlands for Resilient Shorelines

Shorebird in wetlands

The Winter 2014 Point Blue Quarterly has a nice article written by Sam Veloz about the importance of tidal wetlands as wildlife habitat and buffers against climate change impacts. Point Blue is using science to provide tools and support for decision-makers confronting the effects of sea level rise.

Sam's article starts on page 4 of the Quarterly.

Building Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future

Photos from report cover: water, pelican, structure, sunset

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report in January 2014 that notes a key shift in water resources management from single purpose projects with localized benefits to integrated projects spanning watershed-scale efforts.

Read the report.

Use of Horizontal Levees for Natural Flood Protection

Graphic of horizontal levee

The Bay Institute has prepared a report on the benefits of restoring tidal marshes, including the creation of horizontal levees for natural flood protection.

View the report

Drawing of waves

High tides to watch

Days with tides predicted to be at or above 6.5 feet.

2014 year: June 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th. July 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th. August 7th through the 10th, and the 12th. September 6th, 7th, and 8th. November 5th, 6th, and 7th. December 3rd through the 6th, and 20th through the 23rd.

View NOAA's Tides & Currents website for more information.

Tsunami Evacuation Maps

Tsunami map for coastal MarinThe County of Marin has produced Tsunami Evacuation Planning Maps countywide for the shoreline along the coast and in San Pablo Bay.

Click here to visit the Office of Emergency Services and view maps for your area.