map of Novato watershed

What's Happening Now

Welcome to the Novato Watershed webpage

The Novato Watershed Program aims to provide a system-wide analysis of flood protection options and identify specific opportunities to integrate flood protection goals with creek and wetland restoration elements. This process includes evaluating alternatives that would reduce flood protection maintenance costs and impacts and be resilient to sea level rise.

Partners in the program are: Flood Control Zone 1, City of Novato, North Marin Water District, and Novato Sanitary District.

Fact Sheets

Novato Watershed Program Fact Sheet

HWY 37 Info Sheet - Proposed Flood Mitigation

Newsletter Archive

2015 Spring
2014-15 Winter
2014 Summer
2012 Fall

Supermoon rising over Hamilton, November 2016.

Supermoon rising over Hamilton, November 2016.

Highway 37 Flooding

Highway 37 underwater in January 2017

Caltrans and County of Marin have prepared an information sheet about flooding on Highway 37. View it here.

Novato Watershed Program Vision

Vision graphic

The Novato Watershed Program released its Vision document that outlines where we’d like to go from here. Let us know what you think by emailing comments to

Vision document
Project Type Fact Sheets

Novato Watershed Program Reports

Aerial photo of Novato Baylands (photo by Sue Lattanzio)

All reports are available in the Library.

Novato Creek Drone Videos

Novato Creek as it flows under Redwood Blvd, Highway 101, and Rowland Blvd.

This summer, Zone 1 dredged parts of Novato and Warner Creeks and Arroyo Avichi. View a video compiled by construction management firm CLE.

Novato Creek at San Pablo Bay

CLE also flew a drone over Novato Creek on January 9th which provides a birds-eye view. Watch the video.

North Deer Island Overflow Weir

This project would construct an engineered overflow weir where storms in 2006 and 2014 breached the levee. View Fact Sheet.

Online Watershed Tours

Screenshot of Waterrshed Tour story map

View the Watershed Tour
Alternatives Tour

Flood Control 2.0

Graphic of Vision map from Lower Novato Flood Control 2.0 project.

Lower Novato Creek is a focus area for Flood Control 2.0, an ambitious regional effort aimed at reducing flood risk while helping restore stream and wetland habitats, improving water quality, and adapting to sea level rise around San Francisco Bay. Learn more.

Novato Watershed Program at City Hall

Novato Watershed Program presented an update to the Novato City Council on August 30.

Media Corner

Marin IJ: Novato Creeks Eyed for Dredging
Read the article.

Marin IJ: Plan for Flood Detention Basin in Novato Moving Ahead
Read the article.

Bay Nature Spring 2015: Flood Control 2.0
Read the article.

Novato Creek in KRCB's Our Watershed Stories

Visit the KRCB website. Novato Creek is in Chapter 5: Creeks and Dams video.