What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. In forested areas, rain falls on trees and plants which infiltrates into the soil, and replenishes groundwater aquifers.
Within the San Francisco Bay watershed, there are six sub-watersheds that are within the City of Burlingame:
- Millbrae Creek
- Mills Creek
- Easton Creek
- Sanchez Creek
- Burlingame Creek, and
- North Poplar Creek.
Become a Watershed Keeper
There are many ways you can keep our watershed clean and our waterways healthy. Here are programs and activities that promote water quality:
- Install a rain barrel. Tip: save up to $200 with a rebate from the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.
- Attend a free gardening workshop. Find an upcoming class near you.
- Learn about green infrastructure. Did you know that there are over ten green infrastructure projects in Burlingame? Discover how they help our watersheds and find a project near you!
- Adopt a drain in Burlingame. Our storm drains carry untreated rainwater, leaves, and trash from the streets to the bay. Adopting a drain means pledging to keep the drains clean of litter and debris so that only rainwater enters the drain.
- Pollution Prevention Tips
- Upper Peninsula Watershed Finder (Oakland Museum of California)
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster