The path on the north side of the creek is unpaved, and can be used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — Niles Canyon Rd. Niles Canyon Safety Improvements Project (Medium-Term Improvements) Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project A fourth project in the Niles Canyon corridor was programmed in FY 16/17 to address the bridge scour issue at the Arroyo De La Laguna Bridge. EIR Certification Date: March 16, 2006. Available on Google Books. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission removed two obsolete The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is investigating potential JM: The Alameda Creek Alliance is battling Caltrans over a destructive and unnecessary highway widening project in Niles Canyon that would damage trout habitat along Alameda Creek. fish passage improvements at a failing cement structure associated with dams from the Niles Canyon reach of Alameda Creek in 2006. The creek runs for 45 miles from a lake northeast of Packard Ridge to the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay by way of Niles Canyon and a flood control channel. Alameda Creek Regional Trail 2: Beard Rd. to Niles Cyn. The tree removal is also necessary to accommodate construction of the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project on Highway 84, beginning in the spring of 2021. Alameda Creek (Spanish: Arroyo de la Alameda) is a large perennial stream in the San Francisco Bay Area. The footing also backs up the creek and creates a warm pool that [14] Many of these fishes still occupy the creek, although the number of introduced exotic fishes continues to increase. flows. Above Little Yosemite the creek is class II through a pretty valley. The creek runs for 45 miles (72 km) from a lake northeast of Packard Ridge to the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay by way of Niles Canyon and a flood control channel. Here's a short vid of Alameda Creek in Niles Canyon. be a limiting factor. - Federation of Flyfishers 2005, Sunol/Niles Dam Removal Engineering Conceptual Design Draft Report Going for a float in Niles Canyon, just outside the Bay Area, CA. adjacent abandoned bridge footing to make it passable for migratory fish. The paved side goes all the way from Niles to Coyote Hills Park. [21][22] Physical evidence of beaver include faunal remains in the Arroyo de la Laguna tributary recovered in an archaeological site west of Interstate 680. A 2006 report by the Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers and salmon migration through the canyon. an alternate gauge above the weir to preserve consistent stream flow records The Western Pacific was also routed through Niles Canyon, connecting Sacramento, California and San Jose, California in 1906. The two ladders are funded by nearly $10 million in grants from several agencies, including $5.36 million from the California Wildlife Conservation Board and $3 million from the California Natural Resources Agency. That Alameda Creek Trail is a great place for a bike ride or walk. La Framboise stated that "the Bay of San Francisco abounds in beaver", and that he "made his best hunt in the vicinity of the missions". (1924). Huge numbers of steelhead and coho salmon once swam up Alameda Creek, which runs for 45 miles through Niles Canyon and the Sunol Valley, … A vehicle drove off of Niles Canyon Road and into Alameda Creek this morning after the 27-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel, according to the California Highway Patrol. Vallejo Mill Historic Park is located on the intersection's northeast side. a U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge station weir in lower Niles Canyon. Alameda Creek *Sunol to Niles through Niles Canyon* Class II+, with three runnable dams and possible brush hazards. Caltrans will be performing tree removal along Highway 84 between now and the spring of 2021 as part of the Niles Canyon Road safety project, according to a Caltrans spokesperson. Niles Canyon and Alameda Creek D. and I spent the afternoon in Niles Canyon , walking along part of Alameda Creek . Since the gauge has provided over 100 The Alameda Creek Watershed can be divided into six major reaches: A more comprehensive list inclusive of minor as well as major named tributaries includes (from top of mainstem heading downstream) Valpe Creek (right), Bear Gulch (right), Whitlock Creek (right), Calaveras Creek (left), Leyden Creek (left), Indian Joe Creek (right), Welch Creek (right), Haynes Gulch (left), Pirate Creek (left), San Antonio Creek (right), Arroyo de la Laguna (right), Stonybrook Canyon (right) and Dry Creek (right). Cremation is devil worship; only blasphemers such as Lenin should be burned [Pelageya of Ryazan]. continuous years of stream flow records, there is strong interest in ensuring We […] Project. The project Chen, E., McMahon, P., Shorno, A., By, F., Bautista, J., Goza, G., ... & Inn, S. D. (2012). Dry Creek enters Alameda Creek here. Water Supply Paper 519. The Mission thrived for 49 years until the Mexican Government's Secularization Order liquidated mission lands in 1834. The channel as we set out upstream from the Beard Road staging area. The canyon is largely in an unincorporated area of Alameda County, while the western portion of the canyon lies within the city limits of … Steelhead have not had access to spawning streams above Calaveras Dam since it was built in 1925. May 20, 2016 - Farwell Bridge over Alameda Creek, Niles Canyon, California 3299 Niles Canyon Road, Union City, CA, USA 1860 - 1880 Photos were taken when the buckeyes were blooming so April-June. Alameda Creek was the former boundary between Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties during the period from 1850, when Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties were formed, to 1853 when Alameda County was carved from the two Counties. Alameda County Water District, Engineering Department, Groundwater Resources Division. removed in the Bay Area for fish restoration) furthers eventual steelhead was closed Monday morning from Fremont to Sunol as the search for a driver who crashed into a creek continues, according to Fremont Police. p. 11. channel has suitable habitat for trout, but warm water temperatures could The two things to watch for, while biking, is the Did you know that invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to healthy ecosystems and habitat for fish and wildlife? Alameda Creek (Spanish: Arroyo de la Alameda) is a large perennial stream in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alameda Creek is the most important stream in Alameda County. plain. March 2020 - Did you know that … An Historical Review of the Fish and Wildlife Resources of the San Francisco Bay Area", "The historical range of beaver (Castor canadensis) in coastal California: an updated review of the evidence", "The Importance of Beaver Ponds to Coho Salmon Production in the Stillaguamish River Basin, Washington, USA", "Hydrologic and geomorphic effects of beaver dams and their influence on fishes", "Calaveras Dam Project Revised, Future Operations Could Help Restore Alameda Creek", "Calaveras Dam rebuilding projected approved", http://sfwater.org/Files/Reports/1_53_SunolNilesDamRmvl_RTC201591a.pdf, Alameda Creek Regional trail information at East Bay Parks, Hiking Trails in Alameda County - Berkeley Wiki, Alameda Creek Restoration Fisheries Workgroup, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alameda_Creek&oldid=996161665, Articles containing Spanish-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel – the channelized, trapezoidal section extending from the Bay upstream to the Niles Canyon area, Niles Canyon – the area above the flood control section to the confluence of the Alameda Creek mainstem and Arroyo de la Laguna, Upper Alameda Creek (above the confluence with Arroyo de la Laguna) – the reach extending up the mainstem of Alameda Creek into the canyons of the, This page was last edited on 24 December 2020, at 22:01. The path on the south side of the creek is paved, and can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists. any project maintains quality stream flow data. The canyon has dense riparian vegetation and the sinuous creek [4], The creek bed had once been used as a gravel quarry. I took these pics. Mission San José, in Fremont, was dedicated in 1797. 165-year old Niles Dam and 20-foot high Sunol Dam (the largest dam ever [15], California's archaeological record has contributed to knowledge of the prehistoric distribution of fishes in Alameda Creek and its tributaries including Sacramento perch (Archoplites interruptus), Sacramento suckers (Catostomus occidentalis occidentalis), Tule perch (Hysterocarpus traskii), Hitches (Lavinia exilicauda), Hardheads (Mylopharodon conocephalus), Sacramento blackfish, and Sacramento pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis). This isn’t the first time, the Alameda Creek Alliance has pushed back against Caltrans’ work in the canyon. Five Spanish expeditions led by de Portolà, Ortega, Fages, de Anza and Amador passed over Alameda Creek between 1769 and 1795. The Niles Depot Museum is located in the former Southern Pacific Railroad colonnade-style passenger depot built in 1901, and freight depot, located in the Niles District of Fremont, California. [15], Alameda Creek is considered a potential ‘anchor watershed’ for steelhead, regionally significant for restoration of the threatened trout to the entire Bay Area, although by the late 1950s the California Department of Fish and Game decided the steelhead run was no longer viable due to numerous man-made barriers to fish runs. However, construction of a fish ladder to provide steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) access to the waters above the dam were deemed not feasible because at 290 feet (88 m), it would be the tallest fish ladder in the country, and would cost $40 million. [15] At the same time, PG&E is working to modify a cement barrier farther upstream in Sunol to help steelhead swim farther into the watershed, water officials said. Alameda Creek now runs through the man-made Alameda Creek flood channel near the Bay, the latter is parallel to and south of the old Alameda Creek channel. The mill and the importance of the canyon as a passage through the hills led to growth of Niles (which in 1956 became part of Fremont, California) in the 1850s. Dogs can … Caltrans will be performing tree removal along state Highway 84 between now and the spring of 2021 as part of the Niles Canyon Safety Project, … [16] The last steelhead and coho salmon runs were seen in the lower creek in 1964. In June, 2010 environmentalists and water district officials celebrated the removal of a dam on Alameda Creek in Fremont, and the planned installation of fish ladders to allow salmonids to bypass two other dams on the lower creek. Caltrans wants to cut nearly 600 trees along the creek and fill portions of the creek and floodplain in an area where we are trying to bring back steelhead trout. The removal of Background: The California Department of Transportation began a damaging and unnecessary project to widen Highway 84 through Niles Canyon along Alameda Creek, supposedly for road safety. Niles Canyon is a canyon in the San Francisco Bay Area formed by Alameda Creek, known for its heritage railroad and silent movie history. is habitat for invasive fish and frogs. Alameda Creek, originally Arroyo de la Alameda, is a large perennial stream in the San Francisco Bay Area. the middle of Niles Canyon, Caltrans is proposing to remove or modify an Cross Mission Boulevard onto Niles Canyon Road. [14] Confirmation that adult steelhead recently captured attempting to migrate into the Alameda Creek watershed, and the rainbow trout sampled in the upper watershed (trapped above complete migration barriers), are native fish that have their closest genetic associations with other populations within the federally threatened steelhead Central California Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit has spurred a major effort to restore this historically important steelhead stream by removing barriers to migration and improving habitat quality. The tributaries of Alameda creek include Arroyo de la Laguna, Arroyo Valle, San Antonio Creek and Calaveras Creek, whose main tributary is Arroyo Hondo. Alameda Creek is also runnable upstream from Sunol Regional Park (below Calaveras dam) to Sunol, but infrequently boated. [10] Since steelhead in the Bay Area and California's Central Coast were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1997, numerous organizations, including the Alameda Creek Alliance, and governmental agencies have cooperated on restoration projects to allow migratory fish from the Bay to reach spawning habitat in upper Alameda Creek, beginning in 1999. The noisy bird is a Scrub Jay. Ward Creek is tributary to old Alameda Creek. [11], Alameda Creek historically supported steelhead (the anadromous form of the coastal rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus),[12] coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)[13] and chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). The portion of Alameda County south of Alameda Creek is the only part of Alameda County that is not derived from Contra Costa County. U.S. Geological Survey. Historically, the creek was the border between Mission San Jose and the Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda, granted to Jose de Jesus Vallejo. Take out - Niles Canyon Road at Mission Blvd - 90'. Mission San José, in Fremont, was dedicated in 1797. Niles Depot Museum is situated 3500 feet west of Alameda Creek. Ground was broken on the first ladder the Alameda County Water District is building in April 2018 and is just west of the Mission Boulevard overcrossing in the Niles district of Fremont, allowing passage around a rubber dam. The historic Niles Canyon Railway runs through Alameda Canyon (AKA Vallejos Cañon, Alameda Cañon, or Niles Canyon ).. The stretch of State Route 84 known as Niles Canyon Road traverses the length of the canyon from the Niles district of Fremont to the unincorporated town of Sunol. and Golden West Fly Fishers concluded the structure may be a migration barrier Alameda Creek/Niles Canyon Habitat Stewardship May 10, 2020. The creek runs for 45 miles (72 km) from a lake northeast of Packard Ridge[1] to the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay by way of Niles Canyon and a flood control channel. From this Creek is derived the name of the County. El Camino Viejo between Pleasanton and Mission Pass crossed it near Sunol. The second ladder, which should start construction in 2019, is about a mile downstream at the concrete structure, called a weir. The trail on the south bank provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park. The watershed includes three man-made reservoirs: Lake Del Valle, San Antonio Reservoir and Calaveras Reservoir.[10]. Alameda Creek was the boundary of the mission lands and the 17,000-acre (69 km ) Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda granted to Jose de Jesus … [8], Alameda Creek is the largest watershed within the southern San Francisco Bay, draining 700 square miles (1,813 square kilometers), or about 20% of the total drainage area for the south Bay. [9] Two-thirds of the watershed is in Alameda County including the reach through the Sunol Valley, the rest is in Santa Clara County. Alameda Creek (Spanish: Arroyo de la Alameda ) is a large perennial stream in the San Francisco Bay Area. riparian forest, while dropping nearly 225 feet from Sunol to the bay 2004072049, February 24, 2006. is scheduled for construction from 2019-2022. [24][25], In January, 2011, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission won approvals to construct a replacement dam just downstream from the existing earthen Calaveras Dam, which has been maintained at 40% of capacity because of seismic concerns. Niles Canyon was the source of lumber and firewood for the first settlers at the mission. Last Sunday D. and I returned to the Alameda Creek Regional Trail to see the rest of it. channel would improve habitat for native fish and amphibians. Concrete Weir and Apron at USGS Gauging Station on Alameda Creek Removing the footing from the creek We were a little early for the autumn foliage, but it was still pretty. U. S. Department of the Interior. T or F Alameda Creek runs through a water gap in the East Bay Hills. [4], One source describes Packard Ridge as being a few miles north of. Canyon, winding its way through five miles of steep canyons and sycamore-oak Caltrans’ tried to complete a project that would have widened the roadway in the Canyon. The trail starts in the Niles neighborhood of Fremont and continues westward to the San Francisco Bay through the cities of Union City and Newark. [17] When those projects are completed in 2021, steelhead will be able to migrate upstream to spawning habitats in the Sunol Valley for the first time in a half-century. The trail provides direct access to Coyote Hills Regional Park and Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area. Skip navigation Sign in. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alameda Creek. Alameda Creek cuts through the coastal hills in Niles Clark, William Otterbein. Alternate put-in - Verona Road Bridge on Arroyo de la Laguna - 300'. Niles Canyon Niles Canyon is a canyon in the San Francisco Bay Area formed by Alameda Creek, known for its heritage railroad and silent movie history. [5] When the gravel pits were flooded by water purchased by the public for groundwater recharge of the Niles Cone, the gravel harvesters began to daily pump out enough water to meet the needs of 30,000 people down the creek into San Francisco Bay. [26] However, environmentalists won concessions from the SFPUC to assure adequate water releases from the new dam to improve summer flows as well as a smaller fish ladder around a diversion dam blocking access to upper Alameda Creek, which is regarded as prime trout habitat. Floating in a tube down the Alameda Creek in Niles Canyon Well Done Man. The creek runs for 45 miles (72 km) from a lake northeast of Packard Ridge to the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay by way of Niles Canyon and a flood control channel. The project would have resulted in large retaining walls and destruction to Alameda Creek. [18], There is historical evidence of beaver in the Alameda Creek watershed. How to date them? [19] Alexander Roderick McLeod reported on the progress of the first Hudson's Bay Company fur brigade sent to California in 1829, "Beaver is become an article of traffic on the Coast as at the Mission of St. Joseph alone upwards of Fifteen hundred Beaver Skins were collected from the natives at a trifling value and sold to Ships at 3 Dollars". The trail consists of two parallel paths, one on each side of Alameda Creek. An additional 3.5-mile-loop trail off the Alameda Creek Trail, into and out of Coyote Hills, and back onto the Alameda Creek Trai… RE: Alameda Creek Alliance Comments on DEIR for ACEforward Project ACE train derailment into Alameda Creek in Niles Canyon, 2016 Freight trains with nitric acid and chloropicrin tanks crossing Alameda Creek, 2016 These are the comments of the Alameda Creek Alliance on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) for the ACEforward project. Photo: Californiathegreat, CC BY-SA 4.0. Alameda Creek cuts through the coastal hills in Niles Canyon, winding its way through five miles of steep canyons and sycamore-oak riparian forest, while dropping nearly 225 feet from Sunol to the bay plain. Niles Canyon Safety Improvements Project (Short-Term Improvements) Little Yosemite is an irrigated boulder field, with small waterfalls and narrow chutes (too narrow for a boat). [7], In May 2015, vandals damaged an inflatable dam across the creek in Fremont, releasing 50 million gallons (190 million litres) of drinking water into San Francisco Bay. Below is my position paper on Niles Canyon from my 2012 campaign. [28], Downstream of San Francisco's dams, the Alameda Creek Alliance has helped to initiate the removal of 11 barriers to fish passage since 2001. to adult steelhead at most flows. First up, my pics, then D.s. Alameda Creek/Niles Canyon Habitat Stewardship Mar 8, 2020 in Fremont, Alameda Creek - Niles Canyon, Sunday, 08. Regulatory Agencies, Public Water and Land Managers, Barrier Modification, [23] Beaver may be beneficial to efforts to restore salmonids in Alameda Creek as beaver ponds benefit oversummering salmonid smolts by raising the water table which then recharges streams in the dry summer season and also by providing perennial deep pools when streams are only seasonal. This means that Alameda Creek is older than the East Bay Hills.? These photos of the railroad in Calisphere were possibly taken shortly after the railroad was completed in the canyon, which would be sometime in the late 1869 or early 1870's. Ended. With gloves, trash bags, and masks in tow, Fremont residents came to the Alameda Creek at the Niles Canyon Staging Area to join a cleanup event hosted by Justin Sha's Fremont mayoral campaign. Put-in - picnic area across from antique railroad station on Niles Canyon Road - 225'. [6] After the pumping was declared to be an illegal waste the Alameda County Water District acquired the quarry in 1975. In 1828 fur trapper Michel La Framboise travelled to "the missions of San José, San Francisco Solano and San Rafael Arcángel. First we took a look at the Niles Canyon Railway tracks, opposite the road… [26], The Alameda Creek Regional Trail runs along Alameda Creek for 12 miles (19 km). The canyon is largely in an unincorporated area of Alameda County, while the western portion of the canyon lies within the city limits of Fremont and Union City. The footing is about 4’ high and a barrier for fish migration at low If Dry Creek is dry, why do… This controversial project would have actually made the canyon more dangerous for drivers and cyclists, wasted $76 million in public funds, degraded important trout habitat in Alameda Creek and jeopardized a decade of restoration efforts, blighted a designated scenic highway … - SFPUC 2003, Environmental Impact Report for the Sunol and Niles Dam Removal Gauging Station Barrier [a]. As part of a project to replace the 85 year old Alameda Creek Bridge in A female body found along Alameda Creek Thursday evening may be that of 18-year-old Jayda Jenkins, who went missing after her vehicle crashed into the water off Niles Canyon … FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- The Alameda Country Coroner's officer has confirmed that a body found along a Fremont Creek is that of 18-year-old Tracy … It's highly scenic but unrunnable. The SFPUC has installed Image from eventbrite.com. Two railroads also follow the same route down the canyo… Sun 10 May 2020 Sunday 10 May 2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM . Exotic fish species such as the largemouth and Smallmouth basses (Micropterus salmoides and Micropterus dolomieui) respectively, were introduced to Alameda Creek (and the Napa River) by Livingston Stone in 1874. Early roads led to landings where small ships would load grain and other foodstuffs for transport to market. Alameda Creek was the boundary of the mission lands and the 17,000-acre (69 km2) Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda granted to Jose de Jesus Vallejo, who built a flour mill near the mouth of Niles Canyon. [20] In the 1840s Kit Carson was granted rights to trap beaver on Alameda Creek in the East Bay where they "abounded...from the mouth of its canyon to the broad delta on the bay". The trail on one side of the creek is paved and the other side of the creek is dirt/gravel. SUNOL/NILES DAM REMOVAL PROJECT, State Clearinghouse No. SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION [27] The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission removed two disused dams in the Niles Canyon reach of Alameda Creek to improve fish passage following assessing impacts in an Environmental Impact Report under CEQA. You can hear traffic in the background because the Creek runs parallel with Highway 84. In 2009, the Alameda County Water District removed a rubber dam that blocked trout passage in the lower creek, adjacent to Quarry Lakes Regional Park. The Mission thrived for 49 years until the Mexican Government's Secularization Order liquidated mission lands in 1834. if the structure should fail or need to be removed or retrofitted. By the early 1970s the Army Corps of Engineers channeled and rip-rapped the lower 12 miles (19 km) of the creek. Search. "Ground Water in Santa Clara County, California." Niles and Sunol Dam Removals The Alameda Creek Regional Trail follows the banks of Alameda Creek in southern Alameda County from the mouth of Niles Canyon (in the Niles District of Fremont) westward to San Francisco Bay - a distance of about 12 miles. I worked with many local residents and environmental groups to oppose the project. [3]:17,26, Completion of the Central Pacific Railroad through Niles Canyon in 1869 was essential to completion of First Transcontinental Railroad that terminated at Alameda Terminal and Oakland Long Wharf that same year. A favorable climate, excellent soils, and a fast-growing population helped agriculture to boom. The canyon has dense riparian vegetation and the sinuous creek channel has suitable habitat for trout, but warm water temperatures could be a limiting factor. 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