This dataset represents a reconstruction of the historical landscape patterns, including channel and habitat distribution, of the Santa Clara Valley and adjacent baylands. It integrates GIS data from 4 previous historical ecology studies including:

Coyote Creek Watershed (eastern Santa Clara Valley)
South Santa Clara Valley
Western Santa Clara Valley
T-Sheet mapping


Download GIS Data

ESRI ArcMap 10 file geodatabase (.gdb) format
Historical Habitats, Channels and Distributaries. (15.6 MB)

The Santa Clara Valley Water District's Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) project has adapted Historical Ecology data into Google Earth (KMZ) format. Adapted versions of SFEI's mapping of Santa Clara Valley are available for download:

Programs and Focus Areas: 
Resilient Landscapes Program
Historical Ecology
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