Creek Stewardship

A partnership of Citizens, the City of Santa Rosa, and the Sonoma County Water Agency
The Creek Stewardship Program offers citizens who live, travel, and recreate along Santa Rosa's creeks the opportunity to protect and enhance the creeks they enjoy. An informed, supportive, and proactive community strengthens desirable qualities such as wildlife habitat and public safety while reducing problems such as illicit dumping, water pollution, illegal camping, erosion, and growth of non-native invasive plants.

The Creek Stewardship Program draws from the multitude of community resources to increase the public's appreciation and support for the environmental and social benefits provided by urban creeks. Activities include walks, creek cleanups, restoration work days, presentations on creek topics, and creek activities for youth programs. Working together, the Water Agency, the City, and its citizens can enhance creek corridors to provide efficient transportation routes, safe neighborhoods, scenery, wildlife habitat, and recreation.
  1. Sep 21
  2. 35th Annual Sonoma County Creek to Coast Cleanup


    CREEK WEEK EVENT: Keep the beaches clean! Join the 35th Annual Sonoma County Creek and Coast Cleanup. Santa Rosa’s 100 miles of creeks flow to the Russian River and then out to the Pacific Ocean. Up to 80% of ocean debris originates from land-based sources. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided.
  1. Sep 23
  2. Downtown Underground Tour


    CREEK WEEK EVENT: Tour the huge underground culvert that runs under Downtown Santa Rosa. We’ll descend to the creek bed down a slope and over large rocks and walk across the creek (the water will be several inches deep). Wear your sturdy, closed toe, water proof shoes, no sandals. Bring your own flashlight.
  1. Sep 26
  2. Roseland Creek Tour Nature Walk


    CREEK WEEK EVENT: Join us for a slow picturesque walk along the flat, potentially uneven Roseland Creek. Come explore the natural bird and plant life in Roseland during this Creek Week nature walk. All ages welcome.
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Learn How to Become a Creek Steward

Preventing Pollution in Creeks


Every day we can act to protect local creeks by preventing storm water pollution from our homes, yards and businesses. Use the information here as a resource for how to safely use and dispose of materials that can pollute creeks and waterways. The health of human communities depends on the health of the surrounding natural environment.

Click here for more information on how to prevent pollution at work and home.


Creek Master Plan


The Creek Master Plan recommends habitat preservation, enhancement, restoration projects, and improvements to the creek-side trail system, presented conceptually and specifically by watershed. Project recommendations are based on community input, literature reviews, and extensive field survey work. 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.

Click here to view Creek Master Plans.

Additional Creek Stewardship Documents