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Preliminary Results for Novato Alternatives Scheduled for July 30th

The Novato Watershed Program will present preliminary modeling results of the proposed project alternatives to the Flood Control Zone No. 1 Advisory Board on the evening of Thursday, July 30th 6:30-8:30 PM at the Novato Fire Protection District, 7025 Redwood Blvd, Novato 94949.

For agenda, minutes, and staff report, view event on County calendar.

Historical ecology of Novato Baylands

Graphic of historical ecology report cover

San Francisco Estuary Institute has completed a report showing historical baylands and comparing their extent then to what exists today.

The report is a product of the Flood Control 2.0 project for the Novato Watershed Program.

Download the report.

 

Online Novato Watershed Tour

Screenshot of Waterrshed Tour story map

The Novato Watershed Tour spotlights locations where flood reduction projects could be implemented and habitat restored.

View the Tour

Summer Maintenance

Pump being pulled for cleaning and maintenance

The Flood Control District operates 20 pump stations throughout eastern Marin County. Each pump station contains multiple pumps that work together during storms to pump water from low-lying areas to creeks and the bay. Each summer, the District pulls 5-7 pumps for maintenance. The pumps need to be cleaned, barnacles need to be removed, the parts cleaned and maintained, and the entire thing re-coated against the elements.

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.

Find out more.

Drawing of waves

High tides to watch

2015 dates with tides predicted to be at or above 6.5 feet:

July 29th-August 2nd; August 27th-30th; September 29th-30th; October 26th-29th; November 23rd-27th; December 21st-26th.

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

El Nino and the Drought

Ocean temperatures across the Pacific in June.

The link between El Nino and wet weather in Northern California might not be what you think. Learn more

Track the latest on El Nino at NOAA's Climate Protection Center

Western Pond Turtle

Populations of western pond turtles, which are found in creeks and ponds in Marin County, are declining due to habitat loss. The status of the turtle, which is listed as a species of special concern in California, is being reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see whether it should be added to the endangered species list.

photo of a western pond turtle

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.
Learn more.