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Sausal Creek Restoration Project
Update February 2015
Some of the trees along the downstream portion of Sausal Creek in Dimond Park are being cut down as an initial step in the Sausal Creek Restoration Project. Removing the trees is needed to stabilize the banks of Sausal Creek that are currently eroding. Removed trees were growing on a part of the creek bank that will be graded in order to create a safe, stable slope. The project unfortunately could not be constructed without losing some of the trees along the creek (including several large ones). The project designers worked hard to create a design that has saved as many existing native trees as possible. The full restoration project, including bank grading, will happen in summer 2015.
The goal of the Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park is to create a sustainable, safe and healthy creek environment for fish, wildlife, adjacent properties and park users.
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. Please watch the brief video discussing the restoration project.
|Project Priority Goals|
You can view images of current site conditions, restoration design plans, public and watershed information below:
- Photos of Existing Conditions
- Project Slide Show
- Schematic Site Plan
- Schematic Plan Cross-Sections
- Tree Removal Plan
- Site Aerial Diagram
- Watershed Map
- Public Outreach
- Tree Permit Summary
- Historic Photos of Sausal Creek
- Tree Report
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The project is preserving 64 existing trees within the project area and will plant an additional 80 native trees as part of the restoration project. 63 trees that require Tree Permit approval (includes those larger than 9 inch diameter (4 inch for oaks)), 26 trees that do not require Tree Permit approval, and 3 dead trees need to be removed for the project.
About 60 to 80 years ago, the creek was moved and parts of it were culverted. As a result, the creek has become unstable and is suffering from erosion and down-cutting. The creek is headed for an emergency situation if nothing is done. As the creek banks erode, they become steeper and the banks fail. The erosion and instability are threatening local infrastructure, large trees and nearby homes. Additionally, the creek wildlife habitat is becoming degraded and the native rainbow trout have become trapped below the culvert and cannot reach upstream spawning habitat.
In order to create a stable creek channel, the channel has to be moved and widened and the creek banks have to be graded to a less steep slope. Because there are houses on the right bank, the only way to stabilize the channel is to move the creek bed and lay back the creek bank towards the park.
The trees to be removed are within the area that must be graded to create a more stable creek channel. The top design priority has been to preserve as many trees as possible. The project designers focused their efforts on keeping the new channel as narrow as feasible while still crafting a sustainable channel design that would be approved by the State permitting authorities. Alternative approaches such as a second channel or a more typical creek restoration width would have resulted in more loss of trees.
No. The oldest redwoods in the project area are 80 years old. Old growth redwoods are typically hundreds of years old.
The large redwood root wads and trunks will be placed in the bank for habitat, and bank stabilization, other log sections will be used for on-site benches and landscape features and the small remainders maybe used as edging or mulch.
No. A majority of the larger California native trees in the lower Dimond Park area will be preserved, including 40 redwood trees (19 in the creek project area) and numerous oaks, buckeyes and maples.
The project includes planting at least 80 new native habitat trees, over 500 new willows, as well as thousands of new native habitat plants.
Tree Permit for Sausal Creek Restoration
Here is information on the Tree Permit Decision and its attachments.
Permit Issued April 30, 2014
See below for detailed information on the Sausal Creek Restoration Project and the need for tree removal in order to restore the creek.
Attachment A: Tree Permit Species List
Attachment B: Project Summary
Attachment C: Tree Removal and Protection Plan
Attachment D: Site Aerial Diagram
Attachment E: Final Schematic Design
Attachment F: Cross Section Concept Plan
Attachment G: Table 2, Tree Management Report, HortScience Inc.
Attachment H: Impacted Trees
Attachment I: Alternatives Analysis
Attachment J: Restroom Alternatives
Attachment K: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
For additional information, please call (510) 238-6600 or email email@example.com.
Oakland Public Works
Bureau of Engineering & Construction