Degraded water quality from over a century of urbanization was one
of the main problems that led to the creation of a Strawberry Creek
Management Plan in 1987 and subsequent restoration program. By the
1980s, the creek water quality was so poor that City of Berkeley health
officials advised against direct contact with the creek because of
sewage and chemical contamination. While conditions on the campus
have improved substantially, discharge of urban pollutants to the
San Francisco Bay continues to impair water and ecological habitat
quality. Water quality impairment is therefore major concern for campus
scientists and planners who continue to work on methods to reduce
the introduction of pollutants into the creek.
This page contains historic and current information and data
on Strawberry Creek water quality, including links to campus water
and weather monitoring stations.