The Watershed Project, American Rivers, the City of Richmond, and Restoration Design Group are working together to design a solution to the flooding in the Rollingwood neighborhood. We know that this has been a long-time issue, so we applied for and received a grant from the Coastal Conservancy to determine the causes of the flooding, and design a solution.
The Watershed Project will host several opportunities for neighbors and community members to learn more about the project and get involved:
- Neighborhood Flood Study. A team of students will be going door to door in the neighborhood during July 8-19 to let neighbors know about the project. They will also ask residents to share their experiences with flooding and/or living next to the creek, to help us understand when and how the flooding happens.
- Community Workdays. In late summer or early fall, we will be clearing creek vegetation in preparation for a topographic survey. We’d love your help! It will be a great chance to learn more about the project and spend time with neighbors. Check this page for updated dates and details once the workdays are scheduled.
- Community Design Charrettes. Once we have a design solution in progress, we’ll host a few events where neighbors and community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the design. We’ll update this page with details once the design charrettes are scheduled. Help shape the future of Rheem Creek!
Get Involved! What’s Happening Now?
Community Workday October 19!
WHEN: Saturday October 19 at 9am
WHERE: Contra Costa College, Mills Ave. parking lot
FOR WHAT? To help us figure out the cause of flooding in the neighborhood
Please join us at 9am on October 19th for a workday in Rheem Creek at Contra Costa College! We will be clearing vegetation in preparation for a topographic survey, to help determine why the creek floods.
Please wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, closed toed shoes, a hat/sunscreen, and bring a water bottle. We will provide tools, water, and snacks.
Directions: Meet in the Contra Costa College parking lot on Mills Ave. off of Shane Drive, across from Sojourner Truth Church.
For more information, please contact Anne Bremer, Education & Community Programs Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-680-3367).
Heads Up – Work Crews in the Creek
Work crews will begin clearing vegetation in the creek beginning on Monday September 30. Please be prepared for:
• Noise: You may hear chainsaws, wood chippers, or people talking and moving around in the creek.
• Parking: 2-3 trucks may be parked on Greenwood Dr. and/or Fordham St. by the creek. “No parking” signs will be placed in advance.
Note that this work is not expected to resolve the flooding issue yet–this vegetation clearing will allow us to take a topographic survey of the creek, which will help determine the cause of the flooding and inform a solution.
Thank you to the 42 neighbors along Greenwood Drive, Greenwood Court, Moyers Road, and Shane Drive who gave interviews to our canvassing team! Your experiences, photos and videos will be vital to understanding when and how flooding happens, and informing a solution. Click here to read an article about what residents shared with us.
Are you interested in receiving email updates about the project, including opportunities to get involved? Email Anne at email@example.com and ask to be added to the Neighborhood Interest List.
For more information:
Contact Anne Bremer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-680-3367)