Roseville sits within three watersheds that are home to a network of creeks that flow through our community. Watersheds are the landscape area that drains to the creek. All land area is part of some watershed.

These many miles of stream tributaries are home to fish and wildlife as well as serve as a place for recreation and other beneficial uses – including fishing, walking, trail running and water for irrigation and drinking in some communities.

In nature, creeks are always changing with frequent flooding and changes in the shape and direction of the channel. Urban development limits those natural processes with activities such as increased hard surfaces like roads and rooftops, chemical management practices, and flood prevention to protect structures. Urban activity results in increased land and bank erosion, loss of wildlife habitat, and degraded water quality.

Over the years, we’ve secured grant funding to restore portions of Roseville’s creek system to improve habitat for fish species, flood control, water quality, and stabilize creek banks lost as a result of erosion.

The goal of this restoration was to reestablish the ecosystem’s structure and function to a state that is more reflective of nature. In other words, helping the water flow more naturally – and in some cases slowly to reduce erosion – and providing needed area for fish species, like salmon, to spawn.