Local Legislator Tours

Assemblywoman Baker's Tour

Contra Costa County’s Flood Control District kicked off it’s “Local Legislator Tour” series on Friday, August 12, by escorting 16th District Assemblywoman Catharine Baker through two flood control facilities within her district.

Public Works’ Chief Engineer Julie Bueren and Flood Control Assistant Chief Engineer Mike Carlson tailored the tour to showcase two very different styles of flood protection, even though the two sites are within miles of each other. The San Ramon Concrete Bypass Channel is a more traditional concrete channel, while San Ramon Creek uses a softer, more environmentally sensitive channel style.

Assemblywoman Baker asked many questions along the way as Carlson discussed clean water, aging infrastructure, regulatory permit challenges, October’s Creek and Channel Safety Month, and the District’s increased outreach efforts.

Next up for tours are Assembly members Bonilla, Frazier, and Thurmond. With each successive tour, the Flood Control District moves closer towards finding solutions to its funding needs. We are excited at what our future holds!

Assemblywoman Bonilla's Tour

On Wednesday, August 24th, Vonetta Patrice, Field Representative for Assemblywoman Bonilla, took part in our “Local Legislator Tour” series. The tour started at the Public Works Department, where tour guides Mike Carlson, Assistant Chief Engineer of Flood Control, and Paul Detjens, Project Manager of the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project, presented information about the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project and their current outreach and social media efforts. Carlson discussed the Flood Control District’s One Water Concept, while Detjens showcased the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project Facebook page, the Lower Walnut Creek website, and the Flood Control YouTube Channel. After the digital information session, they toured the Lower Walnut Creek Project site located near Suisun Bay between Martinez and Concord.

During the tour, Detjens discussed the various species seen at the project site including the California Clapper Rail, Salt Harvest Mouse, Short Eared Owl, White Tailed Kite, and the California Black Rail. The California Clapper Rail, California Black Rail, and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse are listed as threatened or endangered due to the loss of critical marsh habitat. With the current plans, the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project will restore the marsh habitat vital to these threatened species. Additionally, the possibility of the 32 mile Iron Horse Trail being lengthened was examined. Currently, the Flood Control District and the East Bay Regional Park District are in talks of extending the Iron Horse Trail approximately 4 miles to pass through the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project site. Other topics discussed were the 50-year plan and Flood Control’s current funding issues for projects. Patrice found the tour informational and wishes to stay involved in the issues. 

This tour is now available to the public! Limited spaces are available, so book today.  If interested in a tour, please fill out the following form: 
Lower Walnut Creek Tour Reservation Form