Feb. 2015: Trees cut down and section of the park above the culvert that will be turned into exposed creek. (photo by mk30)Sausal Creek begins in the Oakland Hills and runs through Oakland, spilling its contents into the San Francisco Bay at the Fruitvale Bridge.

The Sausal Creek restoration project is a collaborative effort by the City of Oakland, the Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and the Friends of Sausal Creek. The restoration focuses on the creek that runs through Dimond Park below Wellington Street. The project will remove the culvert below Wellington to open up a long-buried stretch of creek, and widen the existing creek to create a more stable, natural and diverse riparian corridor. 1

Project Elements

  1. Remove over 250 feet of underground culvert and concrete spillway
  2. Daylight new creek and re-grade existing creek banks to a more gentle slope
  3. Plant thousands of new native plants and trees
  4. Reconfigure the creek to improve flood capacity, create stability, and restore natural habitat
  5. Create a new ADA-accessible walking path with environmental education interpretive features

Project Priority Goals

  1. Preserve the maximum number of trees possible
  2. Protect public and private infrastructure
  3. Protect native rainbow trout and provide trout passage to upstream habitat
  4. Decrease erosion and improve water quality
  5. Improve creek wildlife habitat

The project is funded by a State of California River Parkways Grant (Proposition 50), the Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and Measure DD: Oakland Trust for Clean Water & Safe Parks. For further questions, call (510) 238-6600 or email watersheds@oaklandnet.com.

Links and References

  1. Sausal Creek Dimond Park Restoration: Project Update