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San Francisco Bay Delta

San Francisquito Creek Stabilization at Bonde Weir Project

This project removes Bonde Weir, a significant fish migration barrier in San Francisquito Creek, and constructed a new channel design to improve fish migration, stabilize the channel and reduce erosion. The new channel restores access to 40 upstream miles of steelhead spawning and rearing habitat.

Project Facts

Recipient: San Mateo Resource Conservation District
Funding: $75,000 (non-federal match $25,000/leverage = $185,900)
Project Period: August 2012 – October 2015
Partners: National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Flycasters, Inc. of San Jose, Acterra, and the Cities of Menlo Park and Palo Alto

Environmental Results Summary: San Francisquito Creek Stabilization at Bonde Weir Project

OUTPUTS (Activities, efforts, and/or work product during project period)

OUTCOMES (Environmental results)

(1-5 yrs)


Finalize design

Obtain permits for fish barrier removal

Remove in stream barrier for fish migration

Re‐profile streambed with engineered streambed material

Cover and plant exposed bare ground adjacent to the Creek to prevent erosion

Protect and enhance over 120 feet of streambed by adding new rock material designed to withstand Creek flows associated with a 100 year storm

Restore access to 40 miles of stream for anadromous fish rearing and spawning grounds below Searsville dam

Functioning erosion control structures, healthy restored riparian vegetation covering the site

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