Marin Local Agency Formation Commission

Planning Agency / Subdivision of the State of California

Marin County Flood Control Zone 1 (Novato)

 

Contact

Dave Nicholson, Assistant Engineer
Marin County Department of Public Works
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone:  (415) 473-6533
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Governing Board

The Flood Control Zone is administered by the County of Marin and governed by a five-member Board of Directors selected to four-year terms.  These members must be registered voters of the zone.
 
Membership and expiration dates:
Ernest Ganas - November 2017
James Grossi - November 2015
William Long - November 2015
Drew McIntyre - November 2017
Dietrich Stroeh - November 2017 

 

Purpose:

To review all flood control projects as well as the proposed annual budget and findings for the zone and in both cases, advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations.  
 

Area Served:

Zone 1 is a relatively large flood control zone that encompasses the entire city of Novato plus a sizeable amount of unincorporated area around the City. The Zone was formed in 1970 and includes essentially the entire watershed tributary to Novato and Rush Creeks. The Zone was formed to address flooding issues in downtown Novato and surrounding areas. Novato Creek is a substantial perennial stream that extends approximately 17 miles from San Pablo Bay to its headwaters at Stafford Lake. This creek, along with its numerous tributaries including Bowman Creek, Simmons Creek, Warner Creek and Arroyo Avichi, drains an approximately 27,500-acre watershed. Ongoing maintenance includes periodic dredging of lower Novato Creek, Warner Creek and Arroyo Avichi, regular servicing of pump stations, tidegates, levees, and drainages, and an annual vegetation maintenance program. 
 

Marin County Flood Control Zone 3 (Richardson Bay)

 

Contact

Neal Conatser, Assistant Engineer
Marin County Department of Public Works
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone:  (415) 473-2941
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Governing Board

The Flood Control Zone is administered by the County of Marin and governed by a seven-member Board of Directors selected to four-year terms.  These members must be registered voters of the zone.
 
Membership and expiration dates: 
Robert Burton - July 2017
Curry Eckelhoff - June 2017
Garry Lion - March 2016
Shawn McGhie - May 2016
Linda Rames - March 2017
Penelope Alexandris - November 2016
Vacant 

 

Purpose:

To review all flood control projects as well as the proposed annual budget and findings for the zone and in both cases, advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations. 
 

Area Served:

Zone 3 includes a large portion of the Southern Marin draining to Richardson Bay including the City of Mill Valley, and numerous unincorporated communities including Alto, Sutton Manor, Almonte, Tamalpais Valley, Homestead Valley, and portions of Strawberry Point.  The County Board of Supervisors formed Flood Control Zone 3 in 1956 to address the area adjacent to Richardson Bay's vulnerability to flooding from creek and tidal action.  The Zone includes Richardson Bay and its many drainage areas tributary to the Bay including: Coyote Creek, Corte Madera del Presidio, and Warner Creek.  Maintenance activities include regular servicing of pump stations, tidegates, levees and drainage ditches, and an annual vegetation maintenance program. 
 

Marin County Flood Control Zone 4 (Bel Aire-Tiburon)

 

Contact

Neal Conatser, Assistant Engineer
Marin County Department of Public Works
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone:  (415) 473-2941
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Governing Board

The Flood Control Zone is administered by the County of Marin and governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  These members must be registered voters of the zone.
 
Membership: 
Barbara DuBois
John Leszczynski
Kathryn Oliver
Robert Rogers
Vacant 

 

Purpose:

To review all flood control projects as well as the proposed annual budget and findings for the zone and in both cases, advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations. 
 

Area Served:

Flood Zone 4 is located on the Tiburon Peninsula encompassing portions of the City of Tiburon, including the community of Bel Aire. Flood Zone 4 was created in May of 1957 to alleviate chronic flooding in what was the Bel Aire subdivision and adjacent undeveloped lands.  The boundaries of the zone were later amended to include the residents of Strawberry Circle.  The Zone currently maintains existing facilities including pump stations and does an annual cleaning of drainage ways.
 

Marin County Flood Control Zone 5 (Stinson Beach)

 

Contact

Joanna Dixon, Assistant Engineer
Marin County Department of Public Works
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone:  (415) 473-7031
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Governing Board

The Flood Control Zone is administered by the County of Marin and governed by a five-member Board of Directors selected to four-year terms.  These members must be registered voters of the zone.
 
Membership and expiration dates: 
Toby Bisson - October 2016
Barry Harris - October 2016
Phillip O'Brien - October 2016
Howard Schechter - October 2016
John Washington - October 2016 

 

Purpose:

To review all flood control projects as well as the proposed annual budget and findings for the zone and in both cases, advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations. 
 

Area Served:

There are three sources of flooding in Stinson Beach: overflow of Easkoot Creek, extremely high tides, and extremely high surf.  Flood Control Zone No. 5 was created in 1961 to address the flooding in Stinson Beach.  Initially, the main focus of Zone was periodic maintenance dredging of Easkoot Creek.  Over time it has become evident that during medium to large storm events an active slide on Mt. Tamalpais releases enough hillside material to fill in the creek, even if it has recently been dredged.  New efforts in the Zone are now focusing on developing a long-term non-dredge flood reduction alternate while continuing routine maintenance activities such as removal of debris jams at brides and vegetation maintenance along the creek corridor.
 

Marin County Flood Control Zone 6 (San Rafael Meadows)

 

Contact

Dave Nicholson, Assistant Engineer
Marin County Department of Public Works
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone:  (415) 473-6215
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Governing Board

The Flood Control Zone is administered by the County of Marin and governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  These members must be registered voters of the zone.
 
Membership: 
Ken Dickinson
Stuart Shepherd
Carl Tregner
Vacant
Vacant 

 

Purpose:

To review all flood control projects as well as the proposed annual budget and findings for the zone and in both cases, advise the Board of Supervisors and make recommendations. 
 

Area Served:

Flood Zone 6 was established after construction of the San Rafael Meadows subdivision in the 1960s.  This is a very small zone located just west of Highway 101 across from the County Civic Center.  Houses were built in a low lying area and experienced frequent flooding until improvements were made.  In the early 2000s, during the construction of a new subdivision project a majority of the stormwater causing the flooding was rerouted around the community eliminating a significant cause of flooding in the zone.  In addition, the zone was annexed by City of San Rafael, who now owns and maintains all the Zone’s drainage easements.
 

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