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There are many important issues of interest to District 2.  Select any of the topics below for more information, updates and opportunities for involvement.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Katie at (415) 473-7331 or by email.

 

Land Use and Planning

Marin is a wonderful place, with a rich history and long tradition of community activism, conservation and thoughtful prospective planning. That tradition was defined in decades past by the defeat of proposals for freeway extensions and major development in West Marin, and with the adoption of Marin’s first Countywide Plan in 1973, codifying in land-use planning our conservationist goals and establishing the blueprint for how Marin County would grow going forward. That blue-print prioritized the protection of open space, preventing sprawl, and restricting growth to within established cities and towns and along the 101 city-centered corridor.

Debates around residential and commercial housing growth continue, and District 2 residents remain involved in discussions around planning for the future. Community involvement is essential: citizens involved and participating in solving problems, and in visioning what our County, our communities, will look like going forward into the future.

See below for more information about my thoughts on preserving affordable housing in Marin, how to get information on projects and more.

New Strategies on the Affordable Housing Front

Last fall, at my direction, the Board of Supervisors took up the topic of housing in a series of public workshops. We discussed Marin’s housing crisis, its impact on current residents, communities, and what if anything we can and want to do through program, policy or regulation to address it. We entered the conversation with a recognition that the status quo is not working, that we are losing both affordable and moderately priced housing options and that the trend has very real negative consequences for overall community character and resiliency.

We shifted our focus away from the conventional solution of new development, to focusing on preserving existing at-risk affordable housing. We also looked at how to expand housing options in ways that utilize the existing built environment compatible with community character and appetite.  The new menu of strategies coming from those workshops include: acquisition and preservation of existing housing stock, amendment of existing code and regulation towards encouraging the development of affordable second units and junior second units, landlord incentives aimed at expanding participation in housing programs, and voluntary landlord guidelines geared towards preventing unjust eviction and tenant displacement.

The community conversations we had at the board workshops were a positive demonstration of the kind of inclusive, productive debate that can be had as we tackle the important challenges of the day.

Marin Countywide Plan

The current Marin Countywide Plan was adopted in 2007. The updated plan continues to promote leading edge strategies started in 1974, when Marin County set in place policies that prevented runaway development and protected open space. By focusing on sustainability, this update to the Marin Countywide Plan also serves as a model for other communities to address the impending climate change crisis - including assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise. To keep informed, subscribe for updates to the countywide plan webpage.

Current Projects

The best way to stay abreast of current planning applications is to subscribe to a planning area on the County’s website. You may subscribe to receive email notifications regarding a particular project, or to receive email notifications whenever a new application is submitted in a particular area.

Kentfield Greenbrae Community Plan

Some unincorporated areas of the County have chosen to adopt a plan specific to their community. If you live in the Kentfield/Greenbrae community, the Kentfield Greenbrae Community Plan, adopted in 1987, serves as a blueprint for growth consistent with community character.

Kentfield Planning Advisory Board

The Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (KPAB) is a 7 member board (appointed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors) to review referrals of all planning projects for the Planning Department including master plans, subdivisions, design reviews, rezoning applications, general plan amendments, and environmental review documents. It also reviews major public works projects that significantly impact the community, ensuring that the voice of Kentfield residents is well represented in decision making processes.

In the News

Supervisors' Shift in Housing Strategy Deserves Praise (Marin IJ/Spotswood, February 2016)

New Strategies on Affordable Housing Front (Marin Voice, February 2016)

Board Enthusiastic about Housing Preservation (press release, February 2016)

Page last updated: July 2016

Fire Prevention

Fire agencies throughout Marin, working with the communities they serve, have made huge strides in reducing fire risk at the neighborhood and community level and in our wildland fire interface zones.

But there is more work to do, and I will be working to support those efforts - by participating in and supporting local efforts, and as Chair of FIRESafe MARIN, our county’s Fire Safe council that was formed in the aftermath of the Oakland Hills fire in 1991 to promote fire safety and stimulate communities to collaborate when solving problems related to wildland fire protection. In 2015, FIRESafe brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fire-prevention grant funds that went to neighborhood and community fire-fuel reduction projects, chipper days, vegetation management planning, and, last but not least, a state of the art fire-detection camera system strategically mounted on our highest “peaks” throughout the county.

For more information about upcoming events, disaster preparedness, fire prevention and investigation, vegetation management, defensible space and more I encourage you read below and visit the Marin County Fire Department and FIRESafe Marin websites.

Chipper Days

I encourage everyone to take advantage of FIRESafe’s "Chipper Awards" that provide funding to assist communities, homeowner's associations, fire departments, and individual landowners with vegetation fuel reduction to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin.  FIRESafe typically offers $1500 - $3000 grants to fund "Chipper Days" in Marin neighborhoods where a chipper and crew are available to residents to dispose of cut vegetation.  $1500 typically covers the cost of one day of chipper and truck rental, and a full crew to operate.

Vegetation Management Planning

Ensuring adequate defensible space zones are maintained around your home is of the utmost importance for fire prevention for you and your neighbors. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.  This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home. You can learn about the two zones that make up the required 100 feet of defensible space here and access a list of resources that provide information on keeping your property and family safe from fire.

Wildfire Evacuation Planning

Key to planning for a wildfire is planning for an evacuation if the unfortunate need arises. FIRESafe MARIN provides  information on how to prepare an evacuation check list, the laws concerning evacuation, and the process should you need to be evacuated, or if you become trapped on foot or in your home.

Page last updated: July 2016

Homelessness

Here in Marin, like elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, homelessness remains a complex and challenging issue. The increasing cost of housing, increases in drug use/abuse and addiction,  and the chronic underfunding and lack of resources for mental health services have made the situation even worse. As chair of the Homeless Policy Steering Committee, I have pushed for a more intensive effort on the part of the County towards addressing homelessness. Over the course of the past several years the county, in partnership with the City of San Rafael, service providers, the faith community and others, have intensified our collective effort to address homelessness in Marin. And though there is much more work to do, and many more people desperately in need of help or support, we are making progress.

  • The County currently provides housing and support services to approximately 450 mental health and/or substance use clients; and another 191 adults are in full service partnership programs.
  • Three mobile crisis teams launched last year are now out on the streets working in coordination with local law enforcement and service providers to outreach to homeless with mental health needs. 
  • The Chronic Alcoholics with Justice Involvement (CAJI) project—a three year pilot was launched in spring of 2016 with capacity for 8-10 chronic alcoholics with a history of rotating in and out of jail each year.
  • In February 2016, the County teaming with the City of San Rafael, the San Rafael Police Department, and community partners launched a cross-disciplinary effort to bring highest-needs, high-visibility persons off the streets of downtown San Rafael and into services and housing.

Below is more detailed information on efforts underway aimed at addressing homelessness.

HOT Team

The HOT Team is an exciting new effort targeting the chronically homeless and connecting them up with services and housing. This subset of the homeless population are the folks we see on the street suffering from severe mental illness and/or other significant challenges.  They also generally have a history of cycling between law enforcement, psych emergency, medical and/or other services. The program employs a wrap-around, multi-disciplinary approach to each individual, focusing outreach, case-management and housing on a case by case basis. The HOT program is modeled after a similar highly successful program operating in San Mateo County.

Downtown Streets Team

At my urging, the County has partnered with the City government to support the Downtown Streets Team. This organization provides assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals who are ready to integrate back into society. In exchange for offering high-value volunteer hours, Team members receive non-cash stipends to meet their basic needs. Today, homeless individuals contribute over 400 volunteer hours cleaning up downtown San Rafael, as well as setting-up and cleaning-up the weekly downtown farmer’s market. In addition, Team Members discourage loitering, panhandling and disorderly conduct among prospective “team members,” earning the respect and support from city officials and local business owners.

Since its founding, the Team has grown to the point where a full third of the San Rafael homeless population has attended at least one of the Team’s Weekly Success Team Meetings. The goal is simple – to transition Team Members into employment through regular “Applyathons” where organization staff and community volunteers offer Team Members assistance in applying to available employment opportunities. I look forward to continuing to support their positive service approach to alleviating homeless and fulfilling much-needed services to our downtown San Rafael business district.

Helen Vine Recovery Center Relocation

Since the Helen Vine Recovery Center lost its lease at Honor Farm at Silveira Ranch, I have supported the effort to find a new permanent location to ensure that the Center’s critical services continue to serve our community. The Center is part of the Buckelew Programs, and operates a 26-bed residential detox program to assist individuals with alcohol and drug addiction issues as well as psychiatric problems in their recovery process. The Center specializes in offering a supportive, accepting approach that provides individual counseling, medical services, and mentors to ensure a successful recovery and prevent a relapse. For individuals on our street suffering from substance abuse problems, Helen Vine offers a way forward, and our community must be steadfast in supporting this critical societal service. 

Mental Health Services

The Health and Human Services Department uses the federal government’s approach to coordinating funding for homeless services and housing. Its four goals for a coordinated approach to address the issue are to:

  • Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
  • Provide and coordinate funding for efforts to assist homeless individuals and families
  • Promote access to and effective use of mainstream programs
  • Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness

The Mental Health and Substance Use Services (MHSUS) is tasked with providing our community with prevention and early intervention services, along with suicide prevention and crisis services. While this Division of the Marin Health and Human Services Department serves our entire community, it is of special importance to those on the front lines working to end homelessness and it's real impacts on our neighborhoods, parks and businesses.

Crisis Services' Access Team offers a 24/7 phone line to assess the needs of clients and provide referrals and authorization for treatment. Of significant relevance to the homeless debate, all substance abuse services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on ability to pay. This ensures that the entirety of our community – including homeless individuals – can be served. The CARE Team engages with homeless individuals suffering from mental illness. By conducting their outreach street-to-street, the team is able to provide individualized attention to the mentally ill homeless population. Furthermore, the CARE Team acts as a frequent referral vehicle for seriously mentally ill homeless adults to the Odyssey Program. This program is a Full Service Partnership that offers a continuum of services for up to 80 individuals that find themselves without a home due to their mental illness.

Key Contacts for Assistance

Marin County Mobile Crisis Team, open 7 days 1pm-9pm:  415-473-6392

Psych Emergency Services: 415-473-6666

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Mental Health Access and Assessment:  888-818-1115

Substance Use Access and Assessment:  415-755-2345

Public Assistance: 415-473-3400

Page last updated: July 2016

Roads, Traffic and Transportation Issues

As we all know and experience nearly daily, traffic volumes are at an all-time high and the ensuing congestion a major frustration for everyone dependent on our local roads to get around. The increase in traffic is impacting our overall quality of life, the environment and challenging our mobility as a community. Traffic volume has grown significantly over the last several years with a robust bay area economy and ensuing job growth (both within Marin and regionally) being the primary drivers. Add to that a booming school age population, meaning more car trips to and from school as well as after-school activities.

And, yes, those of us without children at home are driving more too. The average Marin County household generates 10-12 trips per day now, versus six trips per day when I was growing up. In fact, that six trips per day per household number was used by traffic engineers and city planners to calculate roadway capacity needs going forward when many of our major roadways were expanded in the 60's and 70's.

Addressing today's traffic congestion will take a multi-prong approach including: maximizing the efficiency of existing roadways, reducing the number of cars on the road, and improvements in public transportation, including school bus programs, and programs encouraging biking, walking, carpooling  and alternative commute modes.

The good news – there are currently several public agency efforts underway at addressing traffic woes. 

See below for more information about these efforts:

Sir Francis Drake Improvement Project

The Sir Francis Drake Improvement Project was launched in spring of last year and the project's aim is to improve efficiency of the roadway and safety for all modes of travel through the Sir Francis Drake Corridor from Ross to 101, with a focus on improving traffic flow and increasing pedestrian safety (e.g. intersections, sidewalks). Importantly, this project will tie into future work on East Sir Francis Drake per improving access to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and increased throughput made possible with the opening of a third lane on the bridge.

County engineers and design team have conducted a comprehensive process which has integrated expertise in engineering and traffic planning with community input, observation, and real world experience. This process has resulted in a list of project components aimed at improving congestion and safety in the corridor that have gone through technical analysis, been publicly vetted and discussed, and refined in response to public comment and concern. Total price tag for all of the improvements is estimated at $19.2 million, while current available funding is $13.2 million. Separate grants or other sources of funding will be sought to implement those improvements that won’t be funded with existing budget.

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process for the project has begun. By early summer, the various components of the project will be analyzed and a draft EIR prepared for additional public review and discussion, including alternative approaches incorporate or exclude various project components based on public comment. Through the EIR process and alternative scenarios analyzed within it, a hierarchy of projects and their feasibility will evolve which can then be discussed by the Board of Supervisors and community at large to develop the final project components.

Information about the project is currently available on the project website and you can also subscribe for updates.

Preparations and data collection for the EIR process have been under way over the last few months. The first opportunity for public comment will be coming up in December 2016 and January 2017 with the release of the Notice of Preparation (NOP). This will initiate a month-long comment period on the scope of the EIR. A scoping meeting will also be held later during this period to provide the public an additional opportunity to comment on what the environmental analysis should entail.

Richmond-San Rafael Third Lane Project

As we all know and have experienced, traffic backs up regularly from all points connecting 101 to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, thus the pressure on Cal Trans to hurry up the opening of the long dormant third lane (eastbound). I’m happy to report that construction of elements/improvements needed to accommodate third lane will begin this year, clearing the way for a projected December 2017 opening.

The third lane on eastbound I-580 will be open to motorists during the heavily congested weekday evening commute, allowing Caltrans to retain a shoulder for maintenance work during other times of the day. Project elements include:

  • Reconfiguring the Main Street on-ramp from the San Quentin Village area of Marin County with a retaining wall to improve the traffic merge with the new lane
  • Replacing pavement on the bridge approaches to accommodate heavier traffic loads
  • Relocating a retaining wall in Richmond to achieve safe sight distances for vehicles traveling in the new right lane
  • Constructing a barrier-separated bike/ped path from Castro Street in Richmond to Point Molate

Visit the project page on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission website for more information.

SB 1 & ACA 5 – Transportation Funding, Reform and Protection Plan

In early April, the State Senate and Assembly passed SB 1 (Beall), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The $5.2 billion that will now be generated annually for California’s state and local transportation system will ensure that Californians have safe and reliable streets, roads and bridges and a solid transportation network. Both houses also passed ACA 5, which upon voter approval will ensure that revenues generated by SB 1 are spent only on their intended purpose. This recent action provides significant public benefit for transportation in every county across California, Marin included.

Statewide, cities and counties will evenly share an average of $1.5 billion/year in new local road funding from SB 1. The funds are non-competitive and will come to the County in monthly disbursements from the State Controller once the gas tax increase takes effect in November 2017. There is no sunset, and funding will grow with inflation. Marin’s average annual share of new funding from SB 1 is $5,300,000 over the next decade.

Counties will also be able to access grant funding from active transportation, congested corridors, and goods movement programs funded by the bill, which also includes significant ongoing funding for transit services and state highway maintenance. The revenues will be phased-in over a multi-year period:<>/p

  • Gas and diesel excise taxes and diesel sales tax begins in November 2017
  • Transportation improvement fee begins in Spring 2018
  • The price-based excise tax will be reset to 17.3 cents in July 2019
  • New Zero Emissions Vehicles will begin to pay an additional registration fee for road maintenance in 2020 ACA 5, which will go to the voters in 2018, ensures that all of these revenues sources are constitutionally-protected and cannot be diverted to non-transportation purposes.

Reducing School Related Traffic Congestion

School related traffic comprises anywhere from 20-40% of a.m. traffic within various communities throughout Marin. It is an obvious target for efforts geared towards reducing local surface street traffic - hence Safe Routes to Schools, Transportation Authority of Marin's crossing guards program and other efforts addressing school related traffic. These programs have been successful, significantly increasing the numbers of students carpooling, biking, walking and riding transit to school, but as school populations have increased so too traffic, and thus efforts to do more. Here's the latest on two projects I have advocated for and are now being implemented by Marin Transit and partners

  • Express Bus Service between San Rafael Transit Center to College of Marin. This route (route 122) has more frequent service during student commute hours and also eliminates several stops along the way, shaving about 10 minutes off run time. The express bus came on line in 2015, the same time as newly instituted student bus passes were made available to all COM students. Marin Transit and the College continue to work together to make transit an attractive option for students and reducing traffic in SFD corridor.

    Additionally, Marin Transit is looking at what other local bus routes might be converted to express bus and /or have express bus service added to them towards increasing transit ridership.

  • Yellow School Bus Pilot. Marin Transit, in partnership with Ross Valley School District and families, Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax, is piloting a Yellow School Bus program for a second year for students attending White Hill Middle School in Fairfax. Approximately 500 of White Hill's 800 students are taking the bus to and/or from school, literally removing close to 2000 car trips a day off crowded Sir Francis Drake. Current ridership represents an increase over the number of kids who used transit service to White Hill in past years, formerly provided by Golden Gate Transit. Marin Transit and County are also working with Kentfield School District in hopes to launch a yellow bus pilot for that community as well in the near future.

Looking forward, Marin Transit is closely monitoring the yellow bus pilot as part of the recently completed countywide student transportation study by Marin Transit (in coordination with the Transportation Authority of Marin, the Marin County Office of Education, and the Safe Routes to School program). The study is aimed at increasing "best fit/green trip" transportation solutions for public schools throughout the county. Yellow Bus Service being one tool of many that will play a role in reducing school-related traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and getting kids to school safely, happily, and on time.

McAllister Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project

The Department of Public Works, in coordination with the Kentfield School District Safe Routes Committee, has identified engineering and safety opportunities along McAllister Avenue (adjacent to Bacich School). Phase 1 of the project is fully-funded  and consists of a sidewalk gap closure between Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Stadium Way on the east side of McAllister Avenue and a new crosswalk at Stadium Way. This project was completed summer 2016 and reported to be widely used by Kentfield School District students.

Phase 2 of the project is still in development and County will be asking for feedback from the community on the design concepts in Winter/Spring 2017, while also seeking funding opportunities. Project goals include; sidewalk gap closures, correcting sidewalk ponding between Bacich Elementary and Berens Drive, pavement rehabilitation, and sidewalk trip hazards. Click here for project slides from initial public outreach meeting.

In the News

Busy Kentfield Road Set for Repaving and Upgrades for Safety Access (Marin IJ, June 2017)

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Lane Addition Project Underway (Marin IJ, January 2017)

Lane Addition Project Underway (Marin IJ, January 2017)

Forum Set on Drake Boulevard (Marin IJ, December 2016)

Richmond-San Rafael third lane plan goes to Caltrans (Marin IJ, Jumly 2016)

Pathway Upgrades coming for Bike Riders, Walkers (press release, July 2016)

Stop by June 1 Open House on Drake Boulevard Project  (press release, May 2016)

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Plan reflects community input (Marin Voice, March 2016)

Drake Traffic Forum is a good start (Marin IJ Editorial, March 2016)

Marin Residents give Sir Francis Drake Rehab Project mixed reviews (Marin IJ, March 2016)

Provide Input on Potential Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvements (press release, February 2016)

Resources

County of Marin Roads – learn about road closures, projects and maintenance; get contact information for questions and complaints, subscribe for updates

Transportation Authority of Marin - information about meetings, events and projects

Marin Transit – information on bus schedules, services, maps

Metropolitan Transportation Commission - information about projects, meetings, opportunities for involvement

Page last updated: April 2017

Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program

The Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program was initiated by the County of Marin partnering with the towns and cities in Ross Valley after the 2005 New Year’s Eve flood. The program was developed to identify comprehensive watershed solutions through implementation of a region-wide flood management program that promotes healthy watershed processes and integrates environmental stewardship and restoration with flood reduction, storm drainage and community preparedness. 

In 2007, Ross Valley parcel owners approved a parcel fee on all parcels that drain into the Ross Valley watershed to help fun annual costs for a flood protection program and to leverage additional outside grant funding necessary to fully fund projects.  Since 2012, over $31M in grant funds have been secured for the Program’s flood control projects.  

Studies completed to date demonstrate that multiple strategies need to be employed to reduce flood risk, from increasing capacity and removing constrictions in the creek, to finding sites for holding back/detaining floodwaters during heavier storms. The true litmus test for any project is that it will effectively address our chronic flooding problem while also providing added benefits consistent with the desires of our community. Successful implementation of the program will depend on the continued involvement, cooperation and commitment of local jurisdictions, agencies, community leaders and residents from throughout the Ross Valley.

See below for more detailed information on the overall program and current projects.

Capital Improvement Plan Study

In 2009, the Flood Control District retained the services of a water resources engineering consultant to develop a computerized hydraulic model of the creek and propose measures for containing a flood of the magnitude of the 2005 event.  The Ross Valley Capital Improvement Plan Study (CIP Study) was received in January 2011, a master-plan type document meant to guide flood control efforts and measures valley-wide over the next 20 years. The study showed that it’s infeasible to just widen or deepen the creeks to convey the 100 year flood. While some capacity increase could be achieved through in-creek measures, detention basins would be needed to hold back peak flow during major storm events in order to prevent flooding. The study proposed 180 structural measures in key flood prone reaches to improve creek capacity, five detention basins to store water temporarily during large storms, and periodic dredging of the tidal reach to maintain downstream creek capacity.

10 Year Work Plan

In April 2012, the Flood Zone 9 Advisory Board, a seven member group appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise on budgets/master plan, adopted a 10 Year Work Plan (YWP), a collection of measures drawn from the CIP Study that will enable the creeks to achieve a significant increase in the level of flood protection for the flood prone areas of the Ross Valley. 

The 10 YWP has 13 “baseline” measures and 65 additional measures. The 13 baseline measures include four detention basins, six bridge replacements, completion of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project in the lower watershed, and dredging of the tidal reach of the creek. The 65 additional measures include three other bridge replacements, bank stabilization, creek widening, and floodwalls.

Flow Reduction Study

In early 2015, the District embarked on a Flow Reduction Study to re-evaluate proposed projects in the 10-Year Work Plan in response to public questions and requests for more information and to expand options for detention. After six months of intensive study and several public meetings, the Flow Reduction Study identified ten potential detention basin sites throughout the Ross Valley (including the original sites identified in the CIP) for further review and analysis.

Current Projects

In addition to taking a broad look at detention options in the upper watershed, there is encouraging progress being made with many of our projects, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corte Madera Creek Project (Units 2, 3 and 4), the Phoenix Lake Retrofit Project, bridge replacements, and dredging and storm drainage improvements in lower Corte Madera Creek within Larkspur.

  • Former Nursery Site (“Sunnyside Growing Grounds”) Dual-Use Detention Basin Project
  • This new project was added to the Program as a result of the Flow Reduction Study and proposes to modify a former nursery growing grounds in western Fairfax into a seven-acre dual-use facility, functioning as a temporary flood overflow storage basin during severe flood events and community open space or other use yet to be determined.

    The County purchased the site in Summer 2016. Implementation of the project will depend on the County’s ability to purchase the site from the property owners, verification that the site is suitable for use as a flood detention basin and then an extensive environmental review and community design process.

    For more information, visit the Sunnyside project page.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corte Madera Creek Project (Units 2, 3, and 4)
  • This project includes a feasibility-level design of improvements to Corte Madera Creek from Sir Francis Drake Bridge in Ross to the downstream end of the concrete channel in Kentfield to contain flood flows. The Project Design Team for the project consists of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Flood Control District. 

    The USACE is working on refining the hydraulic model that will be used to evaluate possible alternatives. The environmental review process for the Project is happening concurrently and the draft environmental document is anticipated to be released Fall 2017.

    For more information, visit the project update page.

  • Phoenix Lake Integrated Regional Water Management Retrofit Project
  • This project will modify an existing Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) dam and reservoir for use as a flood control facility. Currently, multiple feasibility studies are in process to evaluate the suitability of the dam and reservoir for this purpose and to estimate the cost.  The Flood Control District is working in collaboration with MMWD staff.

  • Bridge Replacement Projects (Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo)
  • The Town of Fairfax Bridge Replacement Project at Azalea Avenue will replace and modify the existing bridge to create more creek capacity. Town of Ross Bridge Replacement Project proposes replacing and modifying the bridge at Winship Avenue. The Town of San Anselmo Bridge Replacement Projects include replacing and modifying the Nokomis Avenue and Madrone Avenue bridges, and removing the Sycamore Avenue bridge and replacing it with a bridge at Center Boulevard.

  • Lower Corte Madera Creek Improvement Project
  • The proposed project includes a combination of measures to manage sediment and maintain creek flow in the lower Corte Madera Creek areas of Larkspur, Kentfield, and Greenbrae. These measures may include removing sediment, increasing tidal capacity, raising levees, and improving storm drain outfalls.

    In addition to projects above, an expanded creek cleaning program has been launched that targets removal of concrete debris to increase channel flow and improve creek habitat.  And, in 2016, feasibility and engineering studies for improvements in the Morningside/Lower Sleepy Hollow Creek area were initiated.  

    The Flood Control District will launch the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ross Valley Program in 2017.

See Ross Valley Watershed Program for a listing of more projects and further updates and to subscribe for program updates.

In the News

Ross Valley Flood Control Options Sought (Marin IJ, June 2017)

Fairfax Petition to Ban Use of Ball Field for Floodwater Retention (Marin IJ, May 2017)

$400,000 Approved for Flood Measures (Marin IJ, March 2017)

Debate Continues over Ross Valley Flood Plan (Marin IJ, February 2017)

Public Engagement a Big Part of Flood-Control Planning (Marin Voice, February 2017)

Storms Boost Calls for Flood Control (Marin IJ, January 2017)

Some Progress on the Ross Valley Watershed Program (Friends of Corte Madera Creek, 2017)

Flood-plagued Ross Valley dodges bullet (Marin IJ, January 2017)

Flood Protection Projects are "in the pipeline" (Marin Voice, December 2016)

Ross Valley's close call should be a reminder (Marin IJ Editorial, December 2016)

Ross Valley’s Flood Free Put to Good Use (press release, July 2016)

Marin in talks to purchase Fairfax tract for flood control basin (Marin IJ, July 2016)

Marin probes flood basin control site near Fairfax (Marin IJ, April 2016)

Progress of Flood Project from Ross to Kentfield (press release, April 2016)

Resources

Page last updated: March 2017