East Bay Watershed Master Plan

Briones Reservoir covers 725 acres in Contra Costa County and is owned and operated by EBMUD for raw water storage.

Briones Reservoir covers 725 acres in Contra Costa County and is owned and operated by EBMUD for raw water storage.

Maintaining and protecting our watershed

About 29,000 acres of watershed lands in the East Bay provide needed protection for EBMUD’s high quality drinking water, while offering habitat for plants and animals – as well as a natural haven for the public to enjoy. These lands surround five reservoirs (Briones, San Pablo, Upper San Leandro, Chabot and Lafayette) and one basin that does not contain a reservoir (Pinole Valley).

The new plan proposes changes to address issues that have arisen since the first plan was adopted in 1996, such as climate change, invasive mussels and toxic algae. It also incorporates plans for habitat conservation, grazing and fire protection, and considers changes to recreational access programs and options for limited access to specific watershed trails by cyclists. 

East Bay Watershed Master Plan Update 

An Initial Study and Negative Declaration under the California Environmental Quality Act have been prepared for the Update to the East Bay Watershed Master Plan. The 45-day public review period for these documents commences on Friday, December 15, 2017 and will conclude on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Comments may be emailed to watershedmasterplan@ebmud.com or submitted in writing to:

EBMUD
375 11th St. 
Oakland, CA 94607
Attn: Douglas Wallace, MS 901 

A hard copy of these documents (except the redline version) is available upon request to Douglas Wallace at douglas.wallace@ebmud.com or (510) 287-1370. In addition, hard copies of these documents are available for public viewing in the Secretary’s Office at EBMUD’s Administration Building, 375 11th Street, 8th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607 and at the EBMUD Watershed Headquarters at 500 San Pablo Dam Road, Orinda, CA 94563.