4. Creeks


4. Creeks


Bay Area creeks have served as a focus for communities since the earliest human habitation. Twentieth century development sought to contain and channel creeks through culverts but had the consequence of destroying ecosystems, driving away wildlife, and threatening species such as salmon by removing their natural environment. Register was involved in the “re-naturalization” of a number of East Bay creeks.

In 1981 Berkeley became known nationally for being the first city to open a long-buried urban creek. Strawberry Creek was daylighted in central west Berkeley and waste concrete used to shore up its banks. In 1989 Berkeley enacted the Preservation and Restoration of Natural Watercourses Ordinance. Later, in 1994, Register and 375 volunteers turned their attention to a block long section of University Village’s Cordornices Creek along the Berkeley/Albany border.


Richard Register


Environmental Design Library