Alameda Creek currently has no real estuary, wetlands
or brackish transition habitat from the fresh water outflow of the creek
to the saline waters of the bay. Restoration of brackish estuary habitat
and tidal wetlands at the mouth of Alameda Creek can provide refuge, food
and the opportunity for migratory fish to successfully complete their
life cycle and survive in the ocean environment.
Salt Ponds Restoration
Multiple agencies are restoring former salt ponds near the mouth of Alameda Creek to tidal marsh as part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration. Although initially focused on restoring habitat for birds, the restoration gives an opportunity to restore brackish water estuary habitat near the outlet of Alameda Creek that could be critical to growth and survival of salmonids. The Alameda Creek Fisheries Restoration Workgroup will coordinate with other agencies on estuary restoration to improve habitat for steelhead rearing and smolt growth.
The Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is evaluating a project to integrate lower flood control channel improvements with the large-scale restoration of the adjacent South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. The District is evaluating alternatives for connecting the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel to adjacent salt ponds in a way that facilitates the restoration of tidal wetlands, allows steelhead trout access to restored wetlands for rearing habitat, and reduces flood hazards.