San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine
Water Quality Improvement
The San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine is a pilot project and model for Bay Area municipalities implementing “green” infrastructure projects as part of their stormwater management efforts. The Spine Project will design, build, and monitor an array of low impact development (LID) projects distributed along 12.5 miles of San Pablo Avenue, a major thoroughfare passing through a number of East Bay cities.
Beyond the installation of these innovative site-specific projects, the goals of this project are to:
- Help quantify the Bay Area cost and benefits of LID retrofits in the right-of-way
- Educate the public and local governmental decision makers about green infrastructure
- Demonstrate sustainability practices by using Bay-Friendly Landscape Guidelines
- Provide local public works agencies with hands-on opportunities to learn best management practices for green infrastructure
Project Components & Estimated Timeline
This is a multi-year project with numerous components and partners. The partnering cities selected each site location (see map above). The Design Team, led by the civil engineering firm, Wilsey-Ham, is drafting the design plans based on schematic layouts previously reviewed by the cities. We anticipate the full designs in the early winter, with construction to begin early in 2014. The landscape firm, Gates & Associates will assess the designs, construction process, and maintenance plans to score the sustainable practices of each site using Bay-Friendly Landscape Guidelines. The San Francisco Estuary Institute will lead the scientific monitoring program to measure the project’s pollution removal benefits at a subset of sites. The project provides a 2-year plant establishment period (to maintain plantings, remove weeks, and ensure adequate irrigation), after which the cities will take on the long-term maintenance of their respective sites. SFEP is leading the project’s outreach elements, which includes creating model policy language for Bay Area cities to consider adopting when planning future street improvements.
|Designs Complete||Early Winter 2013|
|Start Construction||January 2014|
|Project Completion||Fall 2016|
This webpage is routinely updated to include upcoming project-related announcements; as well as links to invitations to bid or submit statements of qualifications for professional or construction services for competitive selection. These services include 1) Construction Management, 2) Project Construction, and 3) Signage Design/Fabrication.
In the tabs below you will find past presentations, meeting notes, and other project-related materials.
- Bringing awareness about the project and the concepts of green infrastructure is an important part of this project. SFEP staff have made presentations to community groups, elected officials, and public works employees. PDF copies of power point presentations are provided below.
- Bay Area Watershed Network SPASS Presentation (Feb 2013)
- American Public Works Association Conference Presentation (Nov 2012)
- Dry Creek Conservancy LID Conference Presentation (Oct 2012)
- Friends of Five Creeks Presentation (Oct 2012)
- Contra Costa County Supervisor Gioia & DPW Managers Presentation (Aug 2012)
- A number of experts in the field of green infrastructure and scientific monitoring have been solicited to participate in the Spine Project’s Technical Advisory Group. This groups convenes periodically to provide insight and guidance to the project. Meeting notes and presentations are provided below.
TAG Meeting 3 (June 2013)
- TAG Meeting 3 Notes
- SFEP Project Update, 30% Design Revisions, Draft Community Meeting Agenda
- Memo and Draft Model Green Streets Ordinance
TAG Meeting 2 (Jan 2013)
- TAG Meeting 2 Notes
- SFEP Project Update & Schematics Review
- ReNUWIt SPASS Monitoring Presentation
- SFEI SPASS Monitoring Plan Concept Presentation (not presented at meeting due to time constraint)
TAG Meeting 1 (Oct 2012)
- In August 2012, all project partners convened to discuss the over all project, roles and responsibilities, and concerns.
The Spine Project follows SFEP’s successful El Cerrito Rain Gardens Project, which was constructed in 2010 (also located on San Pablo Avenue). To learn more about Green Streets and Green infrastructure, click on these informational materials: Green Streets Primer, Green Streets/Resilient Watersheds, and summary of the Serramonte Library Rain Gardens. Additionally, SFEP has developed several video podcasts on the subject of Green Streets and Infrastructure information, which are available on our media page.