Public Sediment for Alameda Creek is an implementable project that links Alameda Creek with its historic baylands. It provides a sustainable supply of sediment to bay marshes and mudflats for sea level rise adaptation, reconnects migratory fish with their historic spawning grounds, and introduces a network of community spaces that reclaim the creek as a place for people, building an ethos and awareness around our public sediment resources.
ABOUT Unlock Alameda Creek
Measure AA, intended to restore Bay Area wetlands, passed as an example of a truly regional ballot measure. Our team builds on this momentum and investment in ecological infrastructure to propose Unlock Alameda Creek, a tributary-based methodology for bayland nourishment. This project is implementable today and stitches together ongoing initiatives in the watershed identified by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, the East Bay Regional Park District, the Coastal Conservancy, and the Alameda Creek Alliance.
Alameda Creek is the beginning of a larger regional effort to reconsider and reinvest in tributaries as functional ecological systems. Public Sediment for Alameda Creek represents a paradigm shift in how we plan for climate change – rather than hardening the edge and ignoring the long-term consequences, we must recalibrate our relationship with sediment and water resources and invest today in living systems that will grow over time to adapt to sea level rise. Public Sediment for Alameda Creek is a proposal for unlocking and remaking broken systems, and we must apply this thinking at other scales– to the necklace of tributaries that feeds the Bay, to the Delta and the larger Rivers of California. Our risks are invisible yet they increase dramatically over time – we must invest now in functional tributaries that sustain living bayland infrastructure for the future.