Citywide Creek Master Plan
The Citywide Creek Master Plan presents a set of creek-related policies and recommendations for site-specific improvements to the nearly one hundred miles of creeks that flow through Santa Rosa. The plan was originally adopted in 2007 and the updated version was adopted by the City Council on August 27, 2013.
Development of the Master Plan was guided by an enormous amount of community interest and input, from public workshop and creek tour participants, creek stewards, neighbors, educators, activists, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. This updated plan represents the project team's efforts to remain faithful to the vision expressed by the community.
The Citywide Creek Master Plan incorporates creek-related policies from several previous planning documents, including the Santa Rosa Creek Master Plan (1993), Santa Rosa Waterways Plan (1996), and the Santa Rosa 2035 General Plan (2009).
Recommended habitat preservation, enhancement, and restoration projects, and improvements to the creekside trail system are presented conceptually and specifically by watershed. Project recommendations are based on community input, literature reviews, and extensive field survey work. Site-specific recommendations are presented in the text and on a set of Geographical Information System-based maps, organized by watershed area.
Implementation of the Master Plan will occur over several years, perhaps decades, and will be accomplished through partnerships with citizens, organizations, agencies, and the development community. Project funding will come primarily from grants or other funding sources designated for restoring fish and wildlife habitat and for improving creekside recreation, access, and transportation opportunities.
Our local creeks have the potential to enhance our hearts, our minds, our health, our connections to each other and with the natural world. It is up to all of us who live, work, and play in Santa Rosa to each do our part to help make the vision expressed in this Plan become a reality.