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Watching Our Watersheds interactive map layers

Take a video tour of the WOW feature"Watching Our Watersheds" is a project to map the creeks, urban drainage network, watersheds, baylands, and points of interest in Santa Clara Valley.

  • Take a video tour of what you can do and learn with Watching Our Watersheds. Click on image at right >

The links below will download files which are viewable in Google Earth

  1. If you need to download Google Earth to your computer, you can do so here
  2. If you already have Google Earth installed, click on the watershed layer links below
  3. Each layer includes a Users Guide to navigating in Google Earth, and answers to FAQs about the WOW project and the individual layers
  4. You can also watch the introductory video tour to using WOW

Please note:

  • Information displayed on these maps is not the official district representation of geographic features
  • Data is current as of November 2012
Western Santa Clara County Central Santa Clara County Southern Santa Clara County

WOW screenshotWhen you open the watershed files in Google Earth, you can move through and learn about each watershed and view creeks, drainage channels, points of interest, species of concern and much more.

Turning on the "Past" layer will allow you to compare the waterways and habitats of the late 1800s to their present day configurations.

When you quit your first session with the watershed files, save them in My Places (the program will prompt you) and they will be there the next time you use Google Earth.

Questions, comments, suggestions?


These watershed maps were prepared by Fugro Consultants, Inc. with the San Francisco Estuary Institute, the Oakland Museum of California, CLEAN South Bay, and many other collaborators and colleagues.

Major funding was provided by: 

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Committee for Green Foothills
  • City of Palo Alto
  • San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society 
  • Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition 
  • Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program 

Video tour of "Watching Our Watersheds"