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.
New Design for Novato Creek bridge to benefit flood control and SMART
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.
Phoenix Lake Retrofit Environmental Review/Design RFQ Amendment #2 Issued
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.
Stinson Beach Watershed Program Flood Study and Alternatives Assessment
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.
Invasive Spartina Project (ISP) at 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.
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:
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
Great Blue Heron Visits Mill Valley Stream Gage
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.
Marin Project Coordination Meetings
Community Meeting: Las Gallinas Creek Levee Evaluation
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.
Fish Passage Program
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
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.
Tidal Wetlands for Resilient Shorelines
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
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.
Use of Horizontal Levees for Natural Flood Protection
The Bay Institute has prepared a report on the benefits of restoring tidal marshes, including the creation of horizontal levees for natural flood protection.
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
The County of Marin has produced Tsunami Evacuation Planning Maps countywide for the shoreline along the coast and in San Pablo Bay.