Gallinas Creek
Zone 7: Santa Venetia and Zone 6: San Rafael Meadows
Santa Venetia
  • Background
  • Meetings
  • Projects
  • Maintenance
  • Zone
  • Maps
  • Resources

The Gallinas Creek watershed is located the eastern side of Marin County between the Miller Creek and San Rafael watersheds.  The 5.6 square mile basin has two main drainage areas.  The north fork is the larger of the two drainages and flows from the ridgeline through Santa Margarita Valley and the community of Terra Linda to its confluence with South Gallinas Slough near McInnis Park.  South Gallinas Slough is fed by several small tributaries that originate in the San Rafael Hills and San Pedro Ridge and flow through the highly urbanized communities of San Rafael Meadows and Santa Venetia.

Learn more about the history and land use of Gallinas Creek watershed.

Photo by Kpapai

Events & Meetings

Event Date: Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Location: CIVIC CENTER | FOURTH FLOOR | ROOM 410 B 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOYTT THEATER 200 NORTH SAN PEDRO ROAD SAN RAFAEL, CA
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Zone 7: Santa Venetia history and needs assessment. View the presentation given at the June 5th Town Hall meeting.

Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOYTT THEATER 200 NORTH SAN PEDRO ROAD SAN RAFAEL, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOYTT THEATER 200 NORTH SAN PEDRO ROAD SAN RAFAEL, CA
Event Date: Time: N/A Location: OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOYTT THEATER 200 NORTH SAN PEDRO ROAD SAN RAFAEL, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Location: MARIN COUNTY CIVIC CENTER 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE IN ROOM 304 SAN RAFAEL, CA
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Location: N/A
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: N/A
Event Date: Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Location: OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOYTT THEATER 200 NORTH SAN PEDRO ROAD SAN RAFAEL, CA

Maintenance Projects

  • 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 precipitation. Additionally, due in part to warmer than average ocean waters, tides could be significantly higher than predicted.
  • 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

Maintenance - Bene Da Silva
Telephone No. (415) 473-6538
Email: BDaSilva@marincounty.org

Other - Hannah Lee
Telephone No. (415) 473-2671
Email: HLee@marincounty.org

Zone Information

Zone 6 was created in the 1960’s to address frequent flooding in the low-lying neighborhood just west of Highway 101 across from the County Civic Center.  It is overseen by a 5-member Advisory Board.

Zone 6 is the County’s smallest flood control zone, covering only 0.16 square mile entirely within the City of San Rafael. The neighborhood was unincorporated when the Zone was established, but was annexed by City of San Rafael which now owns and maintains the Zone’s drainage easements. There are 440 parcels in the Zone. In the early 2000s, construction of a new subdivision rerouted stormwater infrastructure around the community, eliminating a significant cause of flooding in the zone.

The Zone occupies a very small part of the Gallinas Creek Watershed. 

The Zone 6 work program includes an annual vegetation maintenance program along 0.75 mile of creek.

Maintenance - Bene Da Silva
Telephone No. (415) 473-6538
Email: BDaSilva@marincounty.org

Other - Hannah Lee
Telephone No. (415) 473-2671
Email: HLee@marincounty.org

Zone 7 was created in 1962 to address creek and tidal flooding within the low-lying unincorporated community of Santa Venetia. It is overseen by a 5-member Advisory Board.

Zone 7 is the second-smallest flood control zone in the county and covers 0.42 square miles in entirely unincorporated lands in the community of Santa Venetia. There are 890 parcels in the Zone.

The Zone occupies a small part of the lower Gallinas Creek Watershed. Santa Venetia was one of the first developments in Marin County to be constructed on fill over bay mud and occurred in an era before the County had the authority to regulate or control development.  Due to the low initial elevation of the fill and the compressible nature of the underlying bay mud, the area has subsided and is now below the high tide level.  

The Zone 7 work program includes regular servicing of 14 pumps at 5 pump stations, maintenance of 5 portable pumps, maintenance of 1.9 miles of flood protection levees, maintenance of tidegates and trash racks, and an annual vegetation maintenance program along 0.85 mile of creek.