Historical condition, Landscape change and restoration potential in the Eastern Santa Clara Valley, California

This report synthesizes historical evidence into a picture of how Coyote Creek looked and functioned before intensive modification. Prepared for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the report helps explain contemporary landscape conditions and identify options for watershed restoration, natural flood protection, and integrated water management.


Santa Clara Valley Water District

Download the Report


Bound, full-color copies of the report can be obtained for $50, plus tax and postage (contact: linda@sfei.org or 510-746-7355).

Download GIS Data

This dataset includes Santa Clara Valley and adjacent baylands
ESRI ArcMap 10 file geodatabase (.gdb) format
Historical Habitats, Channels and Distributaries 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District's Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) project has adapted Historical Ecology data into Google Earth (KMZ) format. An adapted version of SFEI's mapping of Coyote Creek watershed is available for download: Central Santa Clara Valley Historical (3 Mb)

Programs and Focus Areas: 
Resilient Landscapes Program
Location Information