Photo of Henry Avenue Bridge over Pinole Creek Henry Avenue Bridge Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed Earth Week Cleanups   April 18 through April 25, 2021

To celebrate Earth Week 2021, FOPCW volunteers are organizing their own cleanups. At the same time, they are contributing to Pinole’s Thriving Earth Exchange project by documenting what, where, and when they pick up trash.  We invite you to participate! Click here for more information.


Coronavirus Update

The FoPCW board members have decided we must postpone public gatherings until the shelter-in-place orders are lifted. During the coronavirus crisis we encourage you to safely get outdoors and walk along the creek. There is rest and peace in watching the ducks or egrets, looking for river otters, encouraging any unseen steelhead to swim up the creek, or simply watching the wind along the water. And consider picking up litter along the way. If you want to collect litter while out walking, use a trash grabber and gloves, and dispose of the trash in a trailside trash can. During the hardship of sheltering in place, we can face anxiety by doing good, no matter how small.

We wish you and your family health and peace.

Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed Turns 20

Lisa Anich 8/3/2021

The Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed (FOPCW) are celebrating two decades of collaborative projects that have made the watershed a healthier home for nature and the community.

A banner proclaiming the 20-year milestone is now on display at the southern end of Tennent Avenue in Pinole, and the Pinole City Council will recognize FOPCW with a proclamation at their August 17 2021 meeting.

Carol Arnold and the late Dr. Joe Mariotti organized the small volunteer organization in June 2001. By 2004, the group published a Vision Plan detailing actions that have strong local support. FOPCW volunteers contributed to several major restoration projects including the Pinole Creek Demonstration Project in 2010 and the Fish Passage at I-80 in 2016.

FOPCW’s 20th anniversary is a special moment to celebrate accomplishments, to thank FOPCW volunteers and organizational partners, and to look forward to new opportunities for watershed stewardship such as the Pinole Creek Thriving Earth project.

We invite you to be a part of the next chapter of Pinole Creek Watershed stewardship! Please sign up for FOPCW email announcements by contacting Lisa Anich at lanich@ccrcd.org

Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed

The Pinole Creek Watershed unifies a diverse community that is actively involved in its stewardship. Pinole Creek is a central feature of the landscape, and hosts a healthy riparian habitat, including a native steelhead trout population. Its clean waters are safe for children to play in, a creek-side trail links parks, schools, and  neighborhoods.

Our goals are to increase awareness and to provide quality educational opportunities for the general public to study the value of this natural resource and to accumulate and afford financial support for these goals. We will promote and support the identification, assessment and monitoring and contibute to the restoration planning process of Pinole Creek,  its watershed and wetlands.


Learn More

Are you looking for more information about Pinole Creek Watershed? Some key publications are on our Documents page, and some of our favorite websites are on our External Links page.


Mouth of Pinole Creek Mouth of Pinole Creek, flowing into San Pablo Bay