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 went door to door in the neighborhood last July to let neighbors know about the project. They also asked 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 October, we teamed up with neighbors to clear creek vegetation in preparation for a topographic survey, which will help us learn more about why the creek floods. At this time, our permits only allow us to clear enough vegetation to complete the survey, so this work is not expected to resolve the flooding issue yet. It’s going to take some time to develop and implement a solution to the flooding, but this topographic survey is an important first step.
- 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?
Share your photos and videos of the flooding with us!
Now that it’s the rainy season again, you can help us by documenting flooding in the creek or neighborhood. Please email photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or text them to 510-680-3367 and include the following information:
- The date the photo was taken (and time, if possible)
- The location where the photo was taken
This will help our design team understand how the flooding happens and develop a solution, in addition to demonstrating the severity of the problem.
Thank you to the neighbors who joined us for our community workday on October 19! We successfully cleared a few truckloads of vegetation and several bags of trash from the creek.
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)