News & Updates

Storm Water Survey Results

January 13, 2017

Thanks to everybody who filled out UC Berkeley's Storm Water Survey in December 2016.

Twenty lucky people won the Creeks of UC Berkeley prize package. If you didn't receive a prize, never fear! We will release the same survey and raffle next December.

To help you brush up on your watershed knowledge, check out this year's analysis of survey results as compared to our baseline survey conducted in December 2015. (Hint: all the answers are there!) You can find even more useful information if you spend some time perusing this website, especially the section about Potential Pollutants.

Thanks again for taking our survey and showing interest in protecting our creeks and watersheds.



Take a Survey and Win Prizes!


Dear Community Members,

Test your knowledge of campus creeks and water quality issues by completing this brief survey:

UC Berkeley Storm Water Survey

Help us see if we are increasing knowledge and awareness about storm water issues in our community by sharing this survey with your friends, colleagues and students.

If you complete this survey by December 16, 2016, you will be eligible to win a limited-edition Creeks of UC Berkeley mug and prize package!

If you have any questions, email us at



Saturday November 19, 2016

Plant native California plants + remove invasives! 

Join the Strawberry Creek Restoration Team in the BIG DIG where we will plant native California plants like Red Flowering Currant along the banks of UC Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek! We will also be pulling out invasive plants including Algerian Ivy.

Where​: Meet at the Native Plant Nursery on the west side of Giannini Hall.

When: 9am to noon on Saturday November 19, 2016

What​: This is a hands-on volunteer opportunity! We will teach you the best planting and weeding practices for creek restoration.

- Bring water, sunscreen, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

- We will provide gloves, tools, and plants!

Please RSVP and send any questions to:

Bay Day

October 1, 2016

Participate in the first annual Bay Day, an event that is like Earth Day for the San Francisco Bay. There are many events happening throughout the Bay Area. 

In particular, join Bike East Bay for a bike ride celebrating Strawberry Creek from 3:30  -5pm. The group meets at Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley Campus. Go here for more info


21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Saturday October 1, 2016


Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poetry Flash, and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market

10:00 am - Strawberry Creek Walk

Meet at Oxford and Center Streets, Berkeley, in the Redwood Grove (southeast corner of Oxford at Center, near the sculpture of the World Globe as you enter the UC campus). A walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek on the UC Berkeley campus to the Watershed festival led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander with readings by poet/biologist Maya Khosla, Judy Halebsky, Katherine Hastings, and Bill Vartnaw, with nature commentary on Strawberry Creek by Tim Pine, UC Berkeley, Office of Environment, Health and Safety.

Noon to 4:30 pm - Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Festival Main Stage • Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park • Berkeley
Next to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, one block west of downtown Berkeley BART

Learn more! 

Restoring Urban Creeks - Free Event!

Monday August 29

Learn how to restore urban creeks from an experienced professional, Dr. Ann Riley from the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. She will use photos to describe successful restoration projects along with lessons learned. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Monday August 29, 2016

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Room 150, University Hall (big building on Oxford St, between University and Addison)

Now Hiring Student Restoration Leaders!


EH&S is now hiring two Student Restoration Leaders for the 2016-17 school year! 

Student Restoration Leaders will work together to:

  • Manage the native plant nursery and demonstration garden at Giannini Hall
  • Coordinate and manage volunteers for creek restoration events (weeding, planting, trash pickup), including at least one public event per semester
  • Conduct regular creek tours for students and community members
  • Maintain a regular presence on the creek and at the nursery

Find out how to apply by visiting this page.

New Creeks Website!


The Office of Environment, Health & Safety has officially launched the new Creeks of UC Berkeley website. This new site replaces the older website ( and includes most of the original content plus:

  • information about all of UC Berkeley's urban creeks and watersheds
  • ways for people to get involved in creek stewardship
  • storm water information
  • a searchable database of research about local creeks and waterways 
  • resources for staff and contractors

Please share with your friends and colleagues.

We welcome feedback regarding the new website. Email us at