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Watershed Stewardship Program

Marin County Watershed Stewardship Program

Marin County Department of Public Works

countywide watershed program
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

benefits of watershed approach
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

purpose of the stewardship plan
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.

Watershed Stewardship Program

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

recent developments
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

Watershed Stewardship Program

approach to planning
Approach to Planning

Watershed Stewardship Program

multi benefit project criteria guidelines
Multi-Benefit Project Criteria & Guidelines

Watershed Stewardship Program

For more information contact:

Liz Lewis, Principal Planner

[email protected]


Chris Choo, Senior Planner

[email protected]


Watershed Stewardship Program