Greening Urban Watersheds
You can see the Bay Area’s vast network of freeways on most maps. But there is an equally important network of hidden, natural freeways that carries water from local hills, valleys and fields to the San Francisco Bay. The Greening Urban Watersheds Initiative seeks to protect that hidden network.
We help communities plan and implement strategies such as bioswales, rain gardens and low-impact design projects that protect local watersheds from the pollution generated by modern life. These collaborative efforts help ensure the free flow of local creeks, reduce urban runoff, promote the spread of native plants and improve the natural beauty and biodiversity of our urban watersheds. They also are beautiful; they soften the harshness of an urban setting beset by paved streets and sidewalks.