Learn more about your local creeks and San Francisco Bay.
We live in a watershed–a defined land area that drains rain and other water sources into groundwater aquifers and creeks that travel to San Francisco Bay. Watersheds are often named for the primary creek or river that drains in that area.
Wastewater from bathrooms and kitchens travels to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant where it is cleaned and treated before it’s discharged to the Bay. Rain and other runoff that travels to stormdrains and creeks is not cleaned or treated. To keep our watershed healthy, we can reduce pollutants used in and around our home and work so that they don’t harm water quality or wildlife.
WHAT IS A WATERSHED?
A watershed is an area of land that drains all of its water including rivers, streams, rainfall, snowmelt, and urban runoff, to one specific point.
WHERE IS MY CLOSEST CREEK AND WHICH WATERSHED DO I LIVE IN?
These links download PDF files of Bay Area watershed maps.
RESEARCH IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Learn about research into the health of San Francisco Bay from the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
LEARN ABOUT EL NINO WINTER Storms and Flood prevention
See how high your nearby creek is during storm events.
PALO ALTO TIDE Chart
View tide and current predictions.