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. Apr 27
  2. Earth Day on the Greenway (ages 5 to adult)

    Celebrate Earth Day’s 49th birthday on the Prince Memorial Greenway. Help with a cleanup of Santa Rosa Creek, native plant care, and trail maintenance. Tools and refreshments provided. Afterward, join the Earth Day OnStage festival at Courthouse Square. Find out more at
  1. May 4
  2. Sierra Park Creek Clean Up (ages 6 to adult)

    Continue the care of this little creek with Strawberry School, scouts, and neighbors on Bennett Valley Cleanup Day. Tools and refreshments provided Call Bennett Valley Vision for info on other neighborhood projects 545-2224.
  3. First Saturday Cleanup on Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 and up)

    On the first Saturday of every month, help take care of Santa Rosa Creek in the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation. Visit for more information.
  1. May 11
  2. Love Your Mother – and Steele Creek (ages 6 to adult)

    As a Mothers Day treat, spend a little time caring for Mother Earth. Ride your bicycles to a cleanup of Steele Creek along the SMART pathway. Tools and refreshments provided.
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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