Tallant Road Bridge over Mission Creek at Oak Park.

Oak Park Restoration Project to Begin Monday!

The Creeks Division will begin construction on a creek restoration and sewer line replacement project on Mission Creek on Monday, July 12th. Located in Oak Park immediately downstream of the Tallant Road Bridge, the project will include the removal of concrete and reconstruction of the creek bed and banks to improve habitat for the endangered steelhead trout, and to help reduce stream bank erosion. The project will also include relocation of a sewer main line in order to reduce the risk of sewage spills into the creek. In addition, 1,500 native plants and trees will be planted as part of the project to improve wildlife habitat along Mission Creek.
Replacement of the sewer line will require full closure of Tallant Road from Samarkand Drive to Alamar Avenue. The road will be closed from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm during the weekdays for approximately 2 weeks starting Monday, July 12th. Tallant Road will be open on the weekends and after 5:00 pm on weekdays.
Funded almost entirely through grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Open Rivers Initiative and California Department of Fish and Game’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, the project is expected to be completed in October.
For more information on this and other fish passage projects, please visit www.sbcreeks.com, or contact George Johnson.

City Wastewater crew replaces a leaking sewer line identified by Sable.

Sable the Sewage-Sniffing Dog

The Creeks Division is happy to report that field work with Sable the Sewage-Sniffing Dog and Environmental Canine Services went very well! On the first morning of our week of storm drain investigation, at the first test site (known to be contaminated based on previous research), Sable barked right away, alerting to the presence of human waste. After seven days in the field, Creeks Water Quality Research Coordinator Jill Murray reported that “without a doubt, canine scent tracking is a fantastic method to add to the source tracking toolbox.”
The highlight of the work was finding a direct connection from a sewer main to a storm drain, which was located upstream of a diversion project that had been installed several years ago to divert contaminated runoff to the sanitary sewer. The sewer line was replaced by City Wastewater staff before Sable and trainers Scott and Karen Reynolds had completed their week of research! There are several other sites identified that the Creeks Division will follow up on with camera, dye, and/or smoke testing.
In addition to locating human waste in the storm drain system, Sable helped locate sources of mop water and grease trap overflows that had entered a storm drain. During the RV investigation portion of the project, there was no evidence of direct dumping of waste tanks into storm drains, but Sable helped detect two RVs that were leaking waste into the gutter.
Staff is looking forward to synthesizing the field data with UCSB’s laboratory results, and grateful to the Water Environment Research Foundation for providing a generous grant for this exciting research!
For more information on the Creeks Division’s canine scent tracking project, please contact Jill Murray.

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses
Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following businesses taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality by becoming Certified Clean Water Businesses!
A Slice
Mackenzie Market & Deli
Peet's Coffee & Tea
Sambo's Restaurant
View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at www.sbcreeks.com.
A volunteer replaces a storm drain marker during Creek Week 2009.
Creek Week is Coming!
The 11th Annual Creek Week is quickly approaching! Scheduled for September 25 – October 2, the week long series of creek and ocean related events will kick off with the 26th Annual Coastal Clean-Up Day.
If you would like to get involved by hosting an event, please join us for an organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 21st at 10am at the Watershed Resource Center.
Visit www.sbcreekweek.com to view last year’s events, or contact Liz Smith to learn more.
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