Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition

Advocates for Living Streams

 

Next Cleanup: June 24

  

Next Nature Walk: TBA

Restore and Protect Our Streams for all to Enjoy!

Become a member or renew your annual membership with a secure, tax-deductible gift (suggested donation is $50 per membership). When you join the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, you’re supporting the efforts to make our creeks healthy and beautiful once again – reversing the damage done to them through decades of urban development – and creating opportunities to enjoy them in many ways. All members will receive our electronic newsletter three times a year and updates on our work.

Recreation

                Kayak/canoe Trips on Lower Coyote Creek

In 2015, we held our first boating trips on the tidal reaches of lower Coyote Creek along the Milpitas/San Jose border.  We rode the incoming tide upstream and the outgoing tide downstream, guided by a trained naturalist to help us learn about the riparian ecosystem in this area.  In September 2016, we hope to resume our trips on a regular (monthly or quarterly) basis.

                Proposed Boating Trail on Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill

As a result of lobbying by the Creeks Coalition, Western Sea Kayakers, Loma Prieta Paddlers, and Western Waters Canoe Club, the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to include in its 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Project a $50,000 study of creating a boating trail in the 4 mile stretch of Coyote Creek between Anderson Dam and Ogier Ponds in Morgan Hill.  This is the most beautiful stretch of the creek on the valley floor!  It would be wonderful to open it up to at least limited manually powered boats (kayaks and canoes).

                Pro-boating Policy Changes at the Santa Clara Valley Water District

The current policy of the Santa Clara Valley Water District is to limit downed tree removal to trees that pose a flood threat.    But the legislative mandate to do “comprehensive water management for all beneficial uses” would allow the Water District to remove trees to promote navigation and non-contact recreation.   We hope to work in 2017 to promote a policy change to allow tree removal for recreational boating on Santa Clara County creeks.

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