FOC Board Member Brian Waters braved the damp to take these photos of our (very full) creeks on March 1st around noon.
Below from left to right:
Lauterwasser Creek Culvert on Miner Road from the South
Lauterwasser Creek Culvert on Miner Road -- sideview from North
San Pablo Creek's SP201 Dam near Bear Creek Rd.
San Pablo Creek at Safeway on March 1, 2018
It has been many years since rainbow trout were spotted in San Pablo Creek in Orinda – until last week. For over ten years, Fisheries biologist Brain Waters and Wildlife biologist Professor Reg Barrett have maintained that San Pablo Creek in Orinda is potential habitat for rainbow trout. They were proved right after EBMUD reported over 100 trout ranging in length from 10-14 inches near the Orinda Filter Plant. This occurred shortly after EBMUD cleared root wads and other debris and removed the metal obstructions in the sluice gate opening of the small (12-foot high) dam (SP201) just upstream of Bear Creek Road - in time for rainbow trout to swim upstream for spawning season.
SP201 sluice gate when clear.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, Friends of Orinda Creeks installed a brand new interpretive sign in the Orinda Community Park near the tot structure. It features pictures of San Pablo Creek in downtown Orinda, local wildlife, a map of Orinda's watershed, and information about the creek. The sign was produced and installed in partnership with the City of Orinda with illustrations provided by Doyle Wegner and design by FOC Board Secretary Adriane Bosworth.
FOC Pres Jim Luini, artist Doyle Wegner, Board Members B. Stoops, R. Barrett, B. Waters, A. Bosworth
Besides the pleasure of seeing these large fish swimming in our creeks, they are one of the best indicators of creek health. Friends of Orinda Creeks (FOC) has been in negotiation with EBMUD for many years to see this happen and pressed for providing an opening for fish and regular maintenance of the dam.
Trout in San Pablo Creek