Stream Protection Resources

Here are some stream protection resources you requested. I had a hard time narrowing things down, some of this you probably have, but I hope they’re useful.


    EPA model ordinance language with issues and examples.
    SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board survey and paper on riparian ordinances and issues surrounding them.
  3. Berkeley Summary
    Document by Berkeley Creeks Task Force with lessons learned and recommendations.
  4. Santa Clara RiparianCorridor Study
    Used in the development of the Santa Clara Creeks Protection Ordinance. Good summary of considerations and science.
  5. OrdinanceGuideOalkand
    Example of a good local stream protection ordinance.
  6. NapaSetbackTechnicalMemoExerpts
    Jones & Stokes Memo with summary of science and policy of stream setbacks.
  7. SetbackLaw
    Summay of relevant case law dealing with stream buffers and takings by Ellison Folk, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP


    Good summary of stream science from a consortium of 15 federal agencies.
    National Research Council book on riparian area science and management.


    National Management Measures to Protect and Restore Wetlands and Riparian Areas for the Abatement of Nonpoint Source Pollution by EPA. Good federally endorsed BMPs.
  2. Stream Protection Local Governments
    This has a short section on building community support as well as other resources.
    How to engage stakeholders and facilitate buy-in.

Ben Livsey
Environmental Specialist
California Regional Water Quality Control Board
San Francisco Bay Region
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612