The Alameda Creek Crawl invited residents and community stakeholders to look past the flood control channel and experience the living creek hidden in their backyards. Led by local experts from the Alameda County Water District, East Bay Regional Park District and Alameda Creek Alliance, the Creek Crawl revealed the creek’s relationship with the Bay, its seasonal ecosystems, and its role as a critical flood control and water supply lifeline for the region.
Over 100 people joined the Creek Crawl, building an engaged constituency and audience committed to shaping the future of Alameda Creek. Creek Crawl interactive activities included a mudroom design station targeted towards children, a social media photography exercise targeted to teens, and map-making and co-design opportunities for all ages. The Creek Crawl initiated a series of creek-based outreach events that advanced the conversation around the future of Alameda Creek, pictured here, and directly shaped the design of the Public Sediment for Alameda Creek proposal.
Public Sediment for Alameda Creek was developed for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a design competition that brings together local residents, public officials, and local, national and international experts to develop innovative solutions to the issues brought on by climate change in the Bay Area. Through Public Sediment for Alameda Creek, our team proposes that sea level rise adaptation must happen upstream, unlocking the creek to feed downstream baylands with sediment and sustain protective tidal ecosystems as the climate changes.
The Dredge Research Collaborative
UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design
Architectural Ecologies Lab