Friends of Corte Madera Creek



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Sais Bridge
Sais footbridge over San Anselmo Creek

Drake High School students revegetate the bank of Sleepy Hollow Creek in San Anselmo

Valley View
Looking east from Fairfax to San Anselmo
Lying in the rugged Coast Range some twelve miles north of San Francisco, the 28-square-mile Corte Madera Creek watershed drains southeasterly into the shallow waters of San Francisco Bay. The valley's communities of Fairfax, Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae, Larkspur and Corte Madera – the older ones dating back 120 years – together have a population of 55,000, most densely distributed on the valley floor, and thinning out as the elevation increases towards largely publicly-owned ridge land that reaches a height of 2571 feet at the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais.

Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 to protect the remaining natural ecosystems of the area, especially those relating to urbanized creeks and wetlands, and where possible to increase the diversity of these ecosystems. We recognize that all activities – human and natural – within a watershed are interconnected, so that a wide range of issues must be addressed to meet our goals.

Our principal goals are to:

  • Increase public awareness and knowledge of our watershed's ecosystems
  • Increase scientific understanding of the creeks and use this knowledge to improve creek conditions
  • Promote diverse and self-sustaining native wetland, riparian and upland vegetation
  • Restore diverse and self-sustaining populations of indigenous fish and wildlife
  • Improve water quality
  • Assure an adequate freshwater flow to restore and maintain clean, healthy creeks
  • Preserve and restore our wetlands
  • Promote environmentally responsible flood management

Friends encourages residents and businesses to adopt creek-friendly practices, and works with local governments and public agencies to advocate for policies that benefit natural ecosystems. Hands-on activities are focused on creek clean-ups and habitat enhancement projects on public property.

Friends' Activities

Public Services

  • Publication of the newsletter Creek Chronicles, and creek-care brochures
  • Speakers program for the general public
  • Educational walks in the watershed, led by specialists
  • Advising and referring residents regarding problems on their creek
  • Commenting upon proposed developments affecting creeks
  • Notifying public agencies of specific problems
Hands-on Projects
  • Revegetation projects on public land
  • Collaboration in regional efforts to control invasive non-native plants
  • Creek clean-ups
Informational and Planning Programs
  • Cooperative development of a watershed plan
  • Photographic documentation of the watershed
  • Water quality monitoring in the watershed
  • CreekWatchers regularly visit assigned sections of our creeks and report pollutants and unusual conditions observed, and note wildlife
  • Contracting with engineers, hydrologists, biologists and archeologists to survey resources, identify problems, design solutions, and obtain permits for project implementation

If you would like to support Friends' work through a tax-deductible financial contribution, you can do so through the PayPal link below, or by mail to Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, PO Box 415, Larkspur, CA 94977
Thank you!

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Photo in logo: San Anselmo and Mount Tamalpais.

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All photographs © Charles Kennard unless otherwise credited.

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Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed
PO Box 415 Larkspur, CA 94977
415-456-5052 (voice) / 415-456-4992 (fax )