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Watershed Stewardship Program

Marin County Watershed Stewardship Program

Marin County Department of Public Works


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Countywide Watershed Program

The watershed program provides a framework to integrate flood protection, creek and wetland restoration, fish passage and water quality improvements with public and private partners to protect and enhance Marin’s watersheds.

Watershed Stewardship Program


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Benefits of Watershed Approach

  • Supports and guides protection and enhancement of Marin County’s significant natural resources.

  • Incorporates experience gained from Ross Valley Program.

  • Supports integrated efforts to comply with Federal and State environmental regulations.

  • Identifies critical projects and assists with funding and permitting.

  • Facilitates flow of State and Federal funds to local municipalities.

  • Acknowledges interconnectedness of dynamic natural processes and human use.

  • Integrates policy, water management, land use practices and education to effect change.

Watershed Stewardship Program


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Purpose of the Stewardship Plan

  • Collect existing conditions information for each watershed and water management infrastructure in one place.

  • Synthesize information into key issues for each watershed; for example, water management and ecological issues.

  • Assess watershed health and use as a tool to guide project prioritization.

  • Explore opportunities for integrated watershed management.

  • Provide information, criteria, and prioritized actions to support the Marin County Department of Public Works and other stakeholders’ efforts to promote watershed health.

  • Demonstrate the elements and process of creating a watershed work plan that identifies specific, prioritized, multi-benefit projects.

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Board of Supervisors

Flood Control and Water Conservation District

  • Policy Advisory Committee:

    • BOS FC District Rep

    • City Council Reps

    • Flood Zone Advisory Board Reps

    • Water and Sanitary Board Reps

  • Operations and Finance Committee:

    • City Managers & County DPW Director

  • Technical Working Group:

    • Municipal Directors

    • Local, State & Federal Agency Reps

    • Watershed Groups

    • Homeowner’s Association Reps

Stakeholder Process

Watershed Stewardship Program



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Recent Developments

  • EPA grant for $370,000 to restore an unnamed tributary to Warner Creek in Boyle Park, Mill Valley to improve water quality

  • Discussions in Novato Creek watershed for projects in the upper and lower watershed

  • Partnership with NPS and the Stinson Beach community to move ahead with feasibility studies on a wetland restoration project on Easkoot Creek to improve flood protection and restore habitat

  • San Geronimo Valley Salmon Enhancement Plan is complete

  • Ross Valley feasibility assessment and UCC landowner erosion technical assistance

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Approach to Planning

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Multi-Benefit Project Criteria & Guidelines

Watershed Stewardship Program






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For more information contact:

Liz Lewis, Principal Planner

[email protected]

499-7226

Chris Choo, Senior Planner

[email protected]

499-7586

Watershed Stewardship Program


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