SFEI recently completed a landscape change analysis of lower San Francisquito Creek in the South Bay. The study was conducted as part of the larger Flood Control 2.0 project to increase regional flood protection will improving ecological diversity. This particular project illustrated the change in creek and bayland habitat conditions over the past 150 years. The historical landscape was reconstructed using a variety of maps, photographs, and documents compiled from many local archival sources. The results from the study can be used to help develop long-term, multi-benefit restoration actions for lower San Francisquito Creek and the adjacent lands.
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Flood Control 2.0 is an ambitious regional effort aimed at helping restore stream and wetland habitats, water quality, and shoreline resilience around San Francisco Bay. The project leverages local resources from several forward-looking flood control agencies to redesign major flood control channels so that they provide both future flood conveyance and ecological benefit under a changing climate. This timely project will develop a set of innovative approaches for bringing environmental benefits and cost-savings to flood protection efforts at the mouths of creeks that drain to San Francisco Bay.