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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 22

Meeting Date: December 11, 2001

Subject/Title: Presentation and discussion with UC Berkeley students on stream assessment and revegetation opportunities for Brentwood area creeks

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Janet Hansen, Park Planner
Karen Wahl, Grant Coordinator

Approved by: John E. Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION 
Receive presentation from UC Berkeley students on project work for Marsh Creek, Sand Creek and Deer Creek.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley has been working since August on a project to understand the urban creeks in Brentwood, and to re-envision the watershed for the future. They have been working closely with City of Brentwood staff, the Natural Heritage Institute, and with funding from the California Coastal Commission to design conceptual watershed master plans and individual site designs that could be used in Brentwood.

Professor Louise Mozingo and 27 graduate students have invested 1,000+ hours in a two-phased design project. The first phase involved surveying Marsh Creek, Sand Creek, and Deer Creek and understanding the City as it relates to its waterways. The results of these analyses were presented to City staff, County Flood Control staff, the Watershed Coordinator of the Marsh Creek CRMP, and to the Executive Director of the Delta Science Center in October.

In the second phase of the project, students designed both a conceptual master plan for the creek and individual site designs around the City. Each master plan has a central theme, for example, treating storm water or providing educational opportunities, and all the individual site designs relate to this theme.

Staff has invited the students to attend and give a brief presentation of the conceptual master plans they developed that could be used for Brentwood's creeks.

FISCAL IMPACT
None.

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