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Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project


About This Project

The removal of hazardous trees as part of the Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project is completed. The completion of this project was critical as the eucalyptus trees' health had declined due to the multi-year drought, the presence of wood-boring insects, and wood decay fungi throughout the grove were present from Cox Road to Prospect High School. Certified arborists determined that these trees needed to be removed to mitigate the potential risks to property, wildfire, and flooding. These non-native trees and other invasive species can degrade habitat quality and the creek's overall ecological value.

Valley Water will begin replanting sections of the creek this winter with native riparian vegetation where trees were removed. The visual impact will be temporary as the new plants mature and the creek's natural beauty becomes visible. The project is Valley Water's commitment to protecting our environment by restoring habitat along creeks.

The following project documents are available:
- Final Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Findings of a Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Notice of Determination

- Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Questions about the above environmental documents can be referred to Claire Mallen at 408) 630-3808 or [email protected]

Natural bank erosion contributes to the instability of eucalyptus trees in the reach at Saratoga Creek.

Project information and materials

The presentation from the May 15 and 16, 2019 meetings is available for your viewing. Recordings of the meetings are also available below. A map of the project site is available. 

A frequently-asked question document (spring 2019) is available for your review.

Based on the comments received during our public engagement process, Valley Water staff has developed a follow up frequently-asked question document (summer 2019) available for your review.

Updated December 2022