Stevens & Permanente Creeks Watershed Council

Stevens & Permanente Creeks
Watershed Council
a project of Acterra

2353 Venndale Ave.

San Jose, CA 95124

Tel: (408) 356-8258

The Stevens & Permanente Creeks Watershed Council

Who We Are and What We Do

Next meeting:

August 1, 2007 4:00 PM

Community Hall Council Chamber
10350 T0rre Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014



Why Stevens & Permanente Creeks?

The Watershed Approach

Browse past Minutes and Agendas

Who We Are and What We Do

The Stevens & Permanente Creeks Watershed Council was officially formed in August of 2003. Our mission reads:

The SPCWC mission is to engage the community in wise stewardship of our watershed, furthering the protection, restoration, and community appreciation of creeks and associated habitats.

This will be accomplished through collaboration and consensus in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of the entire community.

We are an collection of community residents, city representatives, agency officials, , scientists, environmental advocates, and other interested stakeholders with a common vision for a better watershed. All community members and interested parties are invited and strongly encouraged to attend and participate! For some ideas on how to contribute your time and knowledge, try our section on Getting Involved.

We meet every other month to discuss ongoing projects, future goals, and current issues that face the watershed. Browse the minutes for more information.

Download or view a two page information flyer here.

Questions or comments, contact Mondy Lariz, Watershed Coordinator.

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Why Stevens & Permanente creeks?


Stevens Creek is an urban treasure amidst a busy metropolitan area. It still contains wooded riparian habitat which benefits a remnant run of Steelhead Trout. One of the goals of the council is to improve conditions in the creek and help to restore this run of fish. More importantly, the council hopes to provide an open forum for stakeholder discussion and problem resolution.

Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek are connected via a bypass channel and an underground pipe which allows floodwaters in Permanente Creek to flow down Stevens creek avoiding flooding in the lower Permanente Creek watershed. Since these two creeks are hydraulically connected we decide to address problems in both watersheds together.

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The Watershed Approach

In December of 2000 the California Watershed Management Forums 12 Steps to California's Watershed Recovery was documented. It formed a statewide coalition to further the common goals of watershed groups and asked the Governor for endorsement of the states commitment to the Watershed Approach to address problems of water quality, sprawl, and pollution on a regional level and with an emphasis on citizen-based management.

There are many advantages to managing on a watershed level

  • more comprehensive water quality management (including non-point source pollution)

  • opportunities for regional restoration and openspace planning
  • a wider base of skills and financial resources
  • greater public stakeholdership

The Watershed Approach is currently being implemented by a number of watershed groups in the state and is being given a high priority by the State Resources Agency which recently signed an MOU.

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