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.

Upcoming Meetings


District Board of Supervisors to consider Tax measure August 1

The Board of Supervisors will decide on August 1, whether or not to place a parcel tax for the greater Novato area (City and unincorporated) on the November 7 special election ballot. The Board has scheduled a public hearing at approximately 10 a.m. in the Supervisors chambers.
Read the press release.
View the fact sheet.
Read the draft resolution and ballot language.

Novato Watershed Products


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. View the Summary.

Novato Watershed Program Reports

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

Highway 37 Flooding

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

These online tours show points of interest in the watershed and highlight some of the potential flood reduction projects.

Novato Watershed Tour
Potential Projects Tour

Creek Maintenance Projects


Novato Creek as it flows under Redwood Blvd and Highway 101

Zone 1 dredged parts of Novato and Warner Creeks and Arroyo Avichi in 2016. View a video compiled by construction management firm CLE.

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

Sea Level Rise


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

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


Marin County News Release
Novato Flood Control Tax

SF Bay Joint Venture: Novato Watershed Program

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.