|The Strawberry Creek watershed consists of property in two cities—Berkeley
and Oakland—with two large institutions situated on land owned
by the Regents of the University of California: UC Berkeley and Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory. A large urbanized area to the north
of the campus also lies within the Strawberry Creek watershed. The
cities of Berkeley and Oakland sustain more than 500,000 residents
in one of the most densely populated areas in California .
Large urban populations usually mean trouble for small creeks like
Strawberry Creek. The increase in urban growth in just 100 years
has caused changes in hydrologic conditions from increased impervious
paved and roofed areas along with changes in landscaping, such as
removal of natural riparian vegetation and invasion by non-native
species. This has altered the state of Strawberry Creek and most
other urban creeks from pre-development conditions. Normally meandering
creeks and rivers became channelized and culverted to move water
as quickly as possible to the Bay and to prevent bank erosion and
instability. This results in loss of riparian habitat, compounded
by pollutant concentration, which degrades water quality and threatens
fish and wildlife.
Beneficial uses of Strawberry Creek, such as wildlife habitat,
aesthetic enjoyment and education, are inexorably tied to historic
and future land use. This page provides links to reports and planning
documents pertaining to land use in the Strawberry Creek watershed.