What's Happening Now
The Flood Control District has opened tide gates at Novato Creek to help alleviate a rotten-egg smell at Pacheco Pond, a 120-acre pond just west of the entrance to the Bel Marin Keys neighborhood in unincorporated Novato.
Development of Novato Watershed hydrology and hydraulic studies
The Novato Watershed Program is producing a series of reports and studies.
A hydrology study was completed in spring 2013 to determine flow characteristics of creeks within the Novato watershed.
These flow characteristics are inputs to the hydraulic model which is currently being developed by Kamman Hydrology.
These studies will lead to the development of a range of practical and self-mitigating modifications to the flood management system within Novato Creek and its tributaries.
KRCB's Our Watershed Stories
The Novato Creek Watershed is prominently featured in a recent KRCB mini-series.
Tidelands experts consider flood protection strategies
A regional science advisory panel convened by the San Francisco Estuary Institute gathered in Novato on November 13th to explore new approaches to managing flood waters and rising tides along lower Novato Creek. Among the topics discussed were methods to improve sediment transport through the marsh, to restore habitat for sensitive species, and improve tidal flow in the baylands.
Panelists included Peter Baye, PhD, coastal plant ecologist (pictured above); Letitia Grenier, PhD, tidal marsh ecologist at SFEI; Jeff Haltiner of ESA-PWA and professor at UC Berkeley; and Jeremy Lowe, Sea Level Rise Coordinator at ESA-PWA.
The panel was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Novato Watershed Program is one of three Bay Area projects to benefit from the expertise of the science review panel funded through the “Flood Control 2.0: Rebuilding Habitat and Shoreline Resilience through a New Generation of Flood Control Design and Management” project.
Find your watershed
For information about Marin County watersheds, visit our Watershed Explorer.
Watershed descriptions contain information on watershed history, present land use, biology, and watershed processes. More on the Novato Creek watershed.
Laurel Collins prepared a fascinating historical ecology study for Novato Creek which she presented to the Technical Working Group in August 2011. The presentation is now available for viewing (it is a large file and may take some time to load).