2022 was a historic year for Orinda and for Friends of Orinda Creeks (FOC). With the completion of Orinda’s first creek restoration project, we achieved the first significant improvement to the Village section of San Pablo Creek since it was channelized in 1957. This milestone is thanks to support from our members, including major donations from Chevron, the Pease Family Fund, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary, the Gateway Settlement Fund and Orinda Parks and Recreation, together with grant money from the State of California procured for the City of Orinda by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. FOC, working with engineering firm FlowWest, designed this first-phase restoration project, secured all the required permits, and brought it to completion. We hope to celebrate this achievement this spring with an event for our supporters along the banks of the newly restored section of San Pablo Creek.
The success of the project (it weathered the bruising storms of December 2022/ January 2023!) inspired the City of Orinda to incorporate both the Phase I project and our broader creek restoration vision into the Downtown Precise Plan, a guidance document for future development in the Village. These recent developments earned broad coverage in the Lamorinda Weekly.
With the completion of Phase I we have moved on to planning Phases II and III. We urge you to take a minute to view the SP Creek Restoration website to get a more detailed understanding of the history of this portion of the creek and the project evolution. In addition to the Phase I Restoration Project, we continued our ongoing creek activities in 2022 as detailed below.
Your tax deductible donations are essential to helping us further these projects as well as continue our community outreach and education. Members are invited to our semi-annual creek cleanup days and are encouraged to regularly visit this website to keep informed as to our activities and projects.