Santa Clara Valley Water District
Gordon N. Ball, Inc.
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:
Improve Native Plant Diversity and Restore Riparian Corridor; Protect Channel from Erosion; Removal of Invasive Species
Adobe Creek is an urban creek that has been squeezed by development. Reach 5 of the creek had been choked with invasive weeds and rapid urban growth. The modified hydrology made this section of creek prone to frequent flooding. The homes surrounding were put at risk with every heavy rain. The project reconstructed much of the .25 mile stretch. The creek was regraded to improve hydrology for heavy rain events and improve fisheries habitat. After the earth work and rip rap placement was complete, ECI implemented the erosion control and hydroseeding as the first steps to secure the bare soil. They then installed irrigation and native riparian plants including live willow cuttings. ECI completed the long-term maintenance for the riparian restoration in 2012.