Rush Creek, at the northern edge of Novato, provides critical wetland habitat year-round. It supports coastal saltwater marsh and coastal brackish-water marsh habitats. The wetlands provide suitable habitat for San Pablo song sparrow, California black rail, saltmarsh common yellowthroat, California brackishwater snail, and California clapper rail.
Northeastern Novato stormwater is directed into either Rush Creek, which then flows into Black John Slough and eventually to the Petaluma River, or the Deer Island Basin and Simmons Slough. Simmons Slough goes to Novato Creek by pump. Rush Creek wetlands are managed for both wildlife habitat and winter stormwater management through a series of levees and floodgates.
Learn more about the habitat and land use of Rush Creek watershed.