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The Tri-Valley Watershed

Regional collaboration for a joint ecosystem

Zone 7 helps protect our watershed with the help of many partners throughout Tri-Valley given our watershed is a regional resource. The agency is active in many groups that collaborate on watershed enhancement, share information, and coordinate actions for a healthier watershed.

Living Arroyos

aligning the community vision of the watershed in an award-winning volunteer program

Living Arroyos is a unique volunteer opportunity that gives participants hands-on experience restoring creek banks with native vegetation while learning about local ecology. The program employs college students and young professionals as well, providing field learning for stream management techniques.

Zone 7 partnered with the City of Livermore, the City of Pleasanton and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District again this year to continue these important watershed stewardship activities and adjust to socially distanced activities in the wake of new public health guidelines. This strategic partnership provides many community benefits including cost sharing, leveraging unique resources, aligning the community vision of the watershed, and achieving long‐term management goals.  Though volunteer events were put on hold due to the pandemic, the team continued their valuable work tending to projects on the ground and are looking forward to welcoming volunteers again next year.

Living Arroyos was recognized by CASQA for the 2020 CASQA Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project/Program Award.  The City of Livermore nominated Living Arroyos/Adopt a Creek Spot Program for consideration and the CASQA Awards committee selected Living Arroyos as a winning program.

Alameda Creek Fisheries Restoration Workgroup

habitat restoration, population recovery, and monitoring for the steelhead trout

Zone 7 is one of the core funding partners of the Alameda Creek Fisheries Restoration Workgroup, a collaborative effort among many parties focused on water flows and habitat restoration to help steelhead trout thrive in the Alameda Creek. The group’s “Alameda Creek Population Recovery Strategies and In-Stream Flow Assessment for Steelhead Trout” work included an assessment of hydrologic and habitat conditions, identification of strategies for population recovery, and monitoring. Zone 7 staff currently chairs this workgroup, which has shifted recently to establishing monitoring goals as well as considering jump-starting a steelhead population in the watershed in light of a major fish passage project by Alameda County Water District at their facilities on Alameda Creek which will facilitate movement of anadromous species like steelhead as soon as 2022.

Alameda Creek Watershed Forum

supports a healthy and sustainable Alameda Creek watershed

Zone 7 serves on the planning committee of the Alameda Creek Watershed Forum, a voluntary, non-regulatory stakeholder group that supports the community’s interest in protecting and achieving a healthy and sustainable Alameda Creek watershed. Stakeholders include watershed organization members, watershed landowners and land managers, residents, and others. The Forum typically hosts an annual “State of the Watershed” conference and a technical symposium. The group also puts out the “Watershed Lookout” up to four times per year which features 2-3 articles about the latest restoration, research, or stewardship activities in the watershed, and a spotlight on a watershed stakeholder who has a recent accomplishment that demonstrates inspired efforts towards improving watershed health. The Forum shifted to a series of “State of the Alameda Creek Watershed” webinars during the pandemic featuring topics such as Horizontal Levees, Unraveling the Mystery of Sycamores, and Fish Passage Projects in 2021.

Arroyo de la Laguna Agency Collaborative

seeks to understand scientific data and goals that benefit residents & stakeholders

The Arroyo de la Laguna Agency Collaborative includes agencies and municipalities with facilities that drain into the arroyo and the greater Alameda Creek Watershed including the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Alameda County Water District, Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Zone 7, the Cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon, and the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (RCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as much of their work is in or around our waterways. The Collaborative seeks to better understand the scientific and engineering data that is available along with what goals for the arroyo will benefit the stakeholders and local residents. Zone 7 serves as unofficial facilitator of the Collaborative, and hosts quarterly meetings/calls.

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