The Board of Supervisors authorized the Watershed Program on May 13, 2008. The Program is staffed by our Flood Control division and supported by a $168,210 grant from the State of California Department of Water Resources. The Program focuses on watersheds within established County flood zones areas that have support and agreement from City councils and local agencies. Watershed planning efforts are also under way in Ross Valley and San Geronimo Valley. The goal of the Watershed Program is to develop a framework that integrates flood protection, creek and wetland restoration, fish passage and water quality improvements with public and private partners to protect and enhance Marin’s watersheds.
Currently the Program has been authorized to begin the development of a watershed master plan for Southern Marin (Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio, Coyote Creek and East and West Creek watersheds in Mill Valley Tamalpais Valley and Tiburon). Planning is also underway in the Easkoot Creek watershed (Stinson Beach), Novato, Gallinas and Miller Creek watersheds. The planning process will evaluate short and long term needs and recommend priorities for implementation including information regarding the timing and sequence of projects. It is anticipated that after individual master plans and technical studies are completed a ballot measure would be considered for these communities within the next two years to generate funds to construct the identified improvements.