Creek Stewardship

Creek Stewardship
A Partnership of Citizens, the City of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma Water

The Creek Stewardship Program offers citizens who live, travel, and recreate along Santa Rosa's creeks the opportunity to protect and enhance the creeks they enjoy. An informed, supportive, and proactive community strengthens desirable qualities such as wildlife habitat, and public safety, while reducing problems such as illicit dumping, water pollution, illegal camping, erosion, and growth of non-native invasive plants.

The Creek Stewardship Program draws from the multitude of community resources to increase the public's appreciation and support for the environmental and social benefits provided by urban creeks. Activities include walks, creek cleanups, restoration work days, presentations on creek topics, and creek activities for youth programs. Working together, Sonoma Water, the City, and its citizens can enhance creek corridors to provide efficient transportation routes, safe neighborhoods, scenery, wildlife habitat, and recreation.

Learn How to Become a Creek Steward

  1. News Flash_Storm Water Team Spotlight

    Team Spotlight: Storm Water and Creeks

    The City of Santa Rosa’s Storm Water and Creeks team is dedicated to enhancing and improving the health of Santa Rosa’s 100 miles of creeks. Additional Info...
  2. News Flash_Creek Critter_River Otter

    Creek Critter: River Otter

    Take a creek walk and see if you can spot a river otter, as viewing opportunities increase in late summer! Additional Info...
  3. Ribbon Cutting_News Flash

    Lower Colgan Creek Restoration Project

    On 5/19/22, the City of Santa Rosa celebrated the completion of Phase II of the Colgan Creek Restoration Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Once the Phase III is complete, the project will have transformed 1.3 miles of creek in southwest Santa Rosa. Additional Info...
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    Creek Stewardship Fall Volunteer Activities

    Join the Creek Stewardship Team! We encourage anyone who lives, travels, or recreates along Santa Rosa's creeks to volunteer this fall to help keep our creeks clean and safe. Additional Info...
  5. American Mink_News Flash

    Creek Spotlight: American Mink (Neovison vison)

    Mink are members of the mustelid family, a group of carnivorous mammals, including weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, and martens, among others. They are dark brown, long, and sleek in the water, and are often mistaken for the more common river otter. Additional Info...

Preventing Pollution in Creeks


Every day we can act to protect local creeks by preventing storm water pollution from our homes, yards and businesses. Use the information here as a resource for how to safely use and dispose of materials that can pollute creeks and waterways. The health of human communities depends on the health of the surrounding natural environment.

Click here for more information on how to prevent pollution at work and home.


Creek Master Plan


The Creek Master Plan recommends habitat preservation, enhancement, restoration projects, and improvements to the creek-side trail system, presented conceptually and specifically by watershed. Project recommendations are based on community input, literature reviews, and extensive field survey work. Our local creeks have the potential to enhance our hearts, our minds, our health, our connections to each other and with the natural world. It is up to all of us who live, work, and play in Santa Rosa to each do our part to help make the vision expressed in this Plan become a reality.

Click here to view Creek Master Plans.

Additional Creek Stewardship Documents

  1. Creek Stewardship


    Physical Address
    69 Stony Circle
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    Phone: 707-543-3845