Acting in its capacity as the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the District helps protect residents and property from flooding through the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of flood control facilities such as natural creeks, channels, pipelines, pumps, and levees. The District also works to prevent storm water pollution and educates citizens about actions they can take to create a healthier environment.
CLEAN WATER PROGRAM
Taking steps to protect the water quality of our creeks and waterways is integral to the overall quality of our environment. The Clean Water Program staff implement programs that are mandated by the Federal Clean Water Act and required by the California Water Quality Control Board. Their objective is to improve water quality through the use of comprehensive watershed management strategies. The majority of work conducted in this division involves coordinating, supporting and implementing the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit of the Clean Water Act within the unincorporated areas and throughout Alameda County.
In addition to NPDES responsibilities, the Clean Water Program staff monitor water quality in select creeks and channels, provide educational forums and materials on the importance of water quality to elementary school children, promote environmental stewardship through our natural waterways, and administer the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program (ACCWP). Established in 1998, ACCWP is a consortium of 17 member agencies within Alameda County that jointly administer and implement the NPDES permit for all member agencies.
Sediment excavated from Flood Control District channels are used to build or create wetlands to provide vital wildlife habitat. Other components of the project include:
• Constructing levees to protect properties from the effects of climate change and sea level rise
• Installing recreational trails on the tops of the levees
• Ongoing studies to understand the effects of climate change and sea level rise on the County.