Sheep Camp Creek
For the Sunol Region, construction activities for the Bioregional Habitat Restoration projects are nearly complete. We will continue to monitor the success of these projects through 2024.
Goldfish Pond Restoration
The Goldfish Pond Restoration Project, located near the intersection of Felter and Calaveras roads in Milpitas, enhanced the grading around the existing Goldfish Pond, rebuilt embankments, and planted more than five acres of seasonal wetlands. As a result, we are now seeing the return of California tiger salamanders to the area.
San Antonio Creek Restoration
Our team restored and reconfigured a 1.8 mile reach of San Antonio Creek and a half mile of nearby Indian Creek. We constructed a new bridge to provide a year-round creek crossing, improved creek channel geometry to promote connection between channel and flood plain and stabilized stream banks with planting. We also established over 80 acres of oak savannah. We are managing over 300 acres of grasslands, riparian corridors and stock ponds to benefit California tiger salamanders and California red legged frogs.
Sheep Camp Creek Restoration
No work was done where nesting birds were present
until after breeding season.
Colored flags mark areas for new
plantings at Goldfish Pond.
Our team restored approximately 5,000 feet of the existing Sheep Camp Creek, including pond and riparian restoration, to support special-status species, such as California tiger salamanders and California red-legged frogs. We stabilized the banks of Sheep Camp Creek, and repaired areas that have eroded. We made improvements to cattle ponds and spillways as well as planted native trees and vegetation. Since we use cattle to reduce the grasses and keep fire danger low, a key provision of this project was to allow for both cows and endangered species to safely share the site.
This project improved and enhanced sensitive riparian habitat by creating a cattle watering system—fences, wells, storage tanks, concrete pads, and approximately 7,800 linear feet of water pipe. It also created space for cattle management away from sensitive pond areas to improve the health of the watershed.