Strawberry Creek

Robert Charbonneau

Risk/Environmental Services - UC Office of the President

Bob began his environmental career in 1980 as a sanitary engineering aide with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering’s Water Pollution Control division while receiving his B.S.

Keeping Strawberry Creek Clean

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to ensure that we live and work in a safe and healthy environment. The Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) provides guidance for the Storm Water Pollution Prevention program. This pollution prevention program covers all water discharges to the storm drain system, even during dry weather.

UC Berkeley Stanley Hall Diesel Spill - Natural Resource Damage Assessment December 2011 Water and Sediment Sampling Summary

Laura Riege
Ken Jenkins

On December 10, 2011 an equipment failure on a diesel tank in the basement of Stanley Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus resulted in spill of 1,650 gallons of diesel fuel. Clean-up crews recovered 799 gallons of diesel from the Stanley Hall basement. The spill released approximately 850 gallons of diesel to the environment through a culvert that discharges to the adjacent North Fork Strawberry Creek. Oil spill response teams recovered approximately 187 gallons of diesel from the creek and surrounding environment.

Update on Strawberry Creek Fuel Cleanup

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Officials announced on January 11, 2012 that the active diesel fuel cleanup effort at Strawberry Creek
has concluded and the response to the diesel spill that occurred on December 10 at UC Berkeley
is now moving to a monitoring and maintenance phase.

Invasive Plants Removal

During the 20th Century, the Grinnell, Goodspeed, and Wickson Natural Areas on campus became heavily invaded with ivy and other non-native vegetation that suppressed the biodiversity that once existed within the riparian zone of Strawberry Creek. Thanks to many student and community volunteers in the past 20 years, some of the natural areas are relatively weed-free and can support native vegetation. This work is ongoing - join us for an event!

Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

The Grinnell Natural Area Native Biodiversity Restoration Project is a multiyear project of weed removal and native plant re-vegetation along the banks of Strawberry Creek in the Grinnell Natural Area at the West Entrance of the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California.  The project consists of removal of invasive species of such as Periwinkle (Vinca minor) and English Ivy (Hedera helix) which are recognized by the California Invasive Plant Council as species of significant concern to California wildlands.  These areas of low biodiversity are then

Funding for the Creek

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was created in 2007 via a student fee referendum, and renewed in 2016. TGIF is a major supporter of the creek and is responsible for many of the restoration efforts on campus today.