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Creeks For Adoption

Nearly all of the creeks and rivers in Santa Clara County have been severely affected by the county's rapid growth population growth and are in desperate need of cleaning.

With more than 800 miles of streams, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is unable to oversee all the creeks alone. It needs the help of concerned citizens and businesses that want to help keep our community clean.

Currently, the creeks that are in most need of adoption are in the Uvas/Llagas and Coyote watersheds near Morgan Hill/Gilroy and East San Jose/Milpitas respectively. Many other creeks are also available for adoption in many cities throughout Santa Clara County.

Why not adopt a creek in your neighborhood?

Below are links to city maps indicating creeks available for adoption. Creeks already adopted are marked in red. Portions of creeks and rivers colored in green and yellow, and not marked in red, may be available for adoption.

Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino [PDF 1,082 KB]

North Santa Clara, Central and South San Jose [PDF 1,538 KB]

Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, West San Jose [PDF 1,489 KB]

Los Gatos, Campbell, Almaden Valley, South San Jose [PDF 940 KB]

Milpitas, East San Jose [PDF 1,229 KB]

South San Jose, North Morgan Hill [PDF 550 KB]

Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy [PDF 682 KB]