The Walkable Watershed
Rain gardens and
The Friends of Sausal Creek is an environmental organization focused on connecting people to their local creek. In making that connection, we also connect people with other people in their community. Our local natural environment can inspire and recharge us amidst our busy urban lives. But because it is an urban creek, it also needs our help. Visiting the creek and volunteering to help the creek can be good for our minds, bodies, and souls.
The Walkable Watershed Program is a long-term strategy for adding creek access and green infrastructure in the Fruitvale corridor—a two-mile section of the Sausal Creek Watershed that stretches from I-580 to the creek’s mouth at the Oakland estuary. The program is rooted in the idea that natural flowing water can be a revitalizing force that connects urban neighborhoods and promotes healthy living. Potential infrastructure and community-building projects include:
new and improved creek access
additional trees on streets
native plant gardens
park and trail improvements
creek-based urban artwork
Sausal Creek was once a defining natural feature of this landscape. The Walkable Watershed Program seeks to reinvigorate the role of the creek in the lives of local residents.
Protected streets for walking, biking, and safe access to schools
Public artwork to create watershed and stormwater awareness
Sidewalk art to connect watershed and creek
Stormwater planters with native plants
Improved creek access
Water storage tanks to collect roof water