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Stream Maintenance Program

The water district's progressive approach to working in and around creeks continues to reap benefits for the community and the natural environment.

In the first four years of this program, the water district has removed so much sediment, invasive vegetation, trash and debris and repaired so many eroded creek banks, that when record rainfall came a few years ago, our waterways were able to carry floodwaters safely. This same work has also created more natural conditions for fish, plants and wildlife.

The major types of routine stream maintenance activities are:

  • Levee safety
  • Sediment removal
  • Vegetation management
  • Bank protection

More minor maintenance activities include:

  • Trash removal
  • Fence and access repair
  • Maintenance of revegetation sites
  • Preserving trees for healthy watersheds
  • Managing watershed vegetation

If you have observed a problem in any creek in our service area, you can report to our "Access Valley Water" online customer request and information system. This is the best way to alert our field crews of downed branches, eroding banks, trash, graffiti or overgrown vegetation.

The Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) is funded through the countywide, voter approved Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program parcel tax and the water district's Watershed and Stream Stewardship Fund. Other partner agencies, such as the cities or county, sometimes contribute funds for specific SMP work in their communities.