Strawberry Creek - Land Use

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.

Land Use in the Strawberry Creek Watershed (CH2MHill 1994)

Land Use Type Acreage Percent
Low-Density Residential 498 25.2%
Medium-Density Residential 102 5.2%
High-Density Residential 82 4.1%
Commercial/Residential 10 0.5%
Commercial 170 8.6%
Industrial 28 1.4%
Institutional 470 23.8%
Recreational 29 1.5%
Open Space 588 29.7%

UC Berkeley Land Use Plans and Reports

Local Institutional and Municipal Land Use Plans