Upper Penitencia Creek, on the eastern side of Santa Clara Valley, has locally significant potential for stream restoration and anadromous fish recovery. The Upper Penitencia Creek Historical Ecology Assessment documents aspects of Upper Penitencia Creek's hydrogeomorphology and riparian ecology prior to major Euro-American modification. It describes the historical (ca. 1850) channel alignment, dry season hydrology, and riparian corridor of the creek as interpreted from early maps, textual records, and photographs. It also explores the nature and timing of the diversion of Upper Penitencia into Coyote Creek.


Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)


Waste Management Inc.

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Upper Penitencia Creek Historical Ecology Assessment (16.48 MB)

Related Projects

Coyote Creek Watershed Historical Ecology Study (2006)
Santa Clara Valley historical ecology GIS (2011)

Programs and Focus Areas: 
Resilient Landscapes Program
Historical Ecology
Watershed Science & Management
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