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, including 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.

Novato Watershed Partners on a field trip to Novato baylands

Fact Sheets

Novato Watershed Program

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 over Hamilton.

Novato Watershed Products

Novato Watershed Program Summary

Deer Island Basin (photo credit Ernie Ganas)

The Novato Watershed Program released a summary document that outlines where we started, what we've done, and where we’d like to go from here. We've also produced a fact sheet about potential next steps.

Fact Sheet

Novato Watershed Program Reports

Aerial photo of Novato Baylands (photo by Sue Lattanzio)

All reports, including the 2016 Hydraulic Study, are available in the Library.

Highway 37 Flooding

Highway 37 flooded in winter 2017 (photo by Nick Nguyen)

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

Novato City Council

Novato Watershed Program presented an update to the City Council in August 2016. View presentation.

Videos and Interactive Maps

Online Watershed Tours

Screenshot of Waterrshed Tour story map

Novato Watershed Tour
Potential Project Concepts Tour

Novato Creek Drone Videos

Novato Creek as it flows under Redwood Blvd and Highway 101

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.

Sea Level Rise

The Novato Watershed Program incorporates planning for sea level rise into its studies and products. For more information about the potential impacts of sea level rise, see the BAYWave webpage. For a report of vulnerabilities in Novato, see the Novato chapter of the Marin Shoreline Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment.

Nature-based Solutions

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 utilizing natural processes to reduce flood risk while restoring habitat, improving water quality, and adapting to sea level rise. Learn more.

Naturally Resilient Communities

NRC has a website with tools for understanding nature-based solutions to address flooding. View the NRC website.

Media Corner

SF Bay Joint Venture: Novato Watershed Program

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

SF Bay Joint Venture: Lower Novato Creek Redesign Project. Watch the podcast (scroll to bottom).

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: Chapter 5 in KRCB's Our Watershed Stories
Visit the KRCB website.