Novato Creek
Zone 1: Novato
Novato Creek Photo by Mr. Granger https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5035225
  • Background
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  • Projects
  • Maintenance
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The Novato Creek Watershed, located at the northwestern extent of San Pablo Bay, is the largest watershed in eastern Marin County.  Its creeks flow eastward through oak and bay forests, grasslands, unincorporated Marin County and the City of Novato, and into San Pablo Bay near the mouth of the Petaluma River.  The basin is 45 square miles and the main drainage in the watershed is Novato Creek. Novato Creek is joined by six major tributaries along its 17 mile length: Leveroni, Bowman Canyon, and Warner Creeks, Arroyo Avichi, Arroyo de San Jose, and Simmonds Slough.

Learn more about the history and land use of the Novato Creek Watershed.

 

Events & Meetings

Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: CITY OF NOVATO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES WOMACK ROOM 922 MACHIN AVENUE NOVATO, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: BEL MARIN KEYS COMMUNITY CENTER 4 MONTEGO KEY NOVATO, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: Novato Fire Protection District Board Room, 7025 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: CITY OF NOVATO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES WOMACK ROOM 922 MACHIN AVENUE NOVATO, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: BEL MARIN KEYS COMMUNITY CENTER 4 MONTEGO KEY NOVATO, CA
Event Date: Time: N/A Location: N/A
Event Date: Time: 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. Location: UNITY OF MARIN, 600 PALM DRIVE, NOVATO, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: Novato Fire Protection District, 7025 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: Novato Fire Protection District Board Room, 7025 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Event Date: Time: 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. Location: Novato Fire Protection District Board Room, 7025 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94949

Maintenance Projects

  • The 2017 summer work program includes trimming vegetation and removing debris from watershed creeks and tributaries. 

  • Winter Weather Outlook

    The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center anticipates that there will be a strong El Niño this upcoming winter and their latest precipitation outlook for December through March indicates that Marin is likely to receive higher than average amounts of

Zone Engineer: Joanna Dixon
Phone: (415) 473-7031
E-mail: JDixon@marincounty.org

Maintenance: Bene Da Silva 
Phone: (415) 473-6538
E-mail: BDaSilva@marincounty.org

Engineering projects: Roger Leventhal 
Phone: (415) 473-3249
E-mail: RLeventhal@marincounty.org

Zone Information

Zone 1 was formed in 1955 to address flooding issues in downtown Novato and surrounding areas and is overseen by a 5-member Advisory Board.

Zone 1 is the largest zone, by area, in Marin and covers over 45 square miles. It includes the City of Novato and portions of unincorporated County in Indian Valley, Bel Marin Keys, Green Point, Black Point, Loma Verde, and western Novato. There are 21,580 parcels within the Zone. 

The boundaries of the Zone and the Novato Creek Watershed closely align. Novato Creek is a substantial perennial stream that extends approximately 17 miles from San Pablo Bay to its headwaters at Stafford Lake, and about another 6 miles upstream of the Lake. Tributaries including Bowman Creek, Simmons Creek, Warner Creek and Arroyo Avichi, drain the subwatersheds. 

The Zone work program includes regular servicing of 8 pumps at 4 pump stations, maintenance of 9 miles of flood protection levees, maintenance of tidegates and trash racks, and an annual vegetation maintenance program along 15 miles of creeks. In addition, Zone 1 periodically removes accumulated sediment from lower Novato Creek, Warner Creek and Arroyo Avichi to improve flow conveyance.