Forest Unlimited advocates for daylighting (bringing to the surface) major creeks that have been confined underground in large pipes. Â We want them to live again with a riparian forest, life-giving daylight and oxygen where citizens can see, appreciate, enjoy and protect them. Â Where possible we want bicycle trails along them. Â
Our first such project is the Free Calder Creek Campaign in the City of Sebastopol. Â Calder Creek flows through Ives Park into an underground culvert beneath two parking lots and the two branches of Highway 116: Â Petaluma Avenue and Main Street. Â The culvert empties into a channel feeding the Laguna de Santa Rosa adjacent to the Joe Rodota multi-use trail.
Our proposal to the City is this: Â Daylight the creek from Ives Park to the Laguna. Â Plant a greenway along the Creek. Â Add an extension of the multi-use trail along Calder Creek to the park beneath Petaluma Ave. and Main Street. Â If the city-owned parking lot between Petaluma Ave. and Main Street is sold to a developer to construct first-floor commercial along with second story residential, some of the cost of daylighting the creek could be born by the developers. Â It would be an ideal location for both residents (close to the park, Laguna and business district) and business (near the commercial district). Â A greenway across the highway would be useful for attracting tourists to stop, dine and shop in Sebastopol. Â It can promote events in the park and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Â It could provide environmental education for students of the Charter School adjacent to the Creek.
If you would like to help with this project, contact Rick Coates at firstname.lastname@example.org