The Mission Creek Restoration
Project is a great example of many agencies and community groups
working together to solve an environmental problem. Employees from
Alameda County Public Works have been instrumental in spear heading
this project including Emmanuel Canivel (engineer), Moses Tsang
(engineer), Hank Ackerman (engineer), Erica La Fleur (legal), and
George Bolton (inspector). They provided the majority of the $1.7
million for the completion of this restoration. The Department of
Water Resources, Urban Stream Program awarded a $750,000.00 grant
to aid the county in funding the project. Kurt Mulchow with
Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Program helped guide
our grant application. Kathy Cote and Forrest Fraseiur from the
City of Fremont, Environmental Services also were instrumental in
obtaining funds. Sydney Temple and Chien Wang from Questa
Engineering helped guide the project as consultants.
Fremont Unified School District was
very supportive of the idea and allowed us access to the area.
Sharon Jones, now retired superintendent, and Linda Garbarino of
Fremon Unified School District provided the leadership that helped
finalize the project. The current superintendent Dr. John
Rieckewald has given support and access to his staff to use the area
as an outdoor learning center. Fremont Unified School District’s
Facilities Department helped to insure the project was successful.
This included Theresa Gain (director), Fred Okal, Gene Wheatley, and
Fanta Engineering was awarded the
construction contract and actually remolded the creek. Union
Sanitary District moved the sewage line prior to construction.
Alameda County Water District provided access to water for the
Special thanks to Norm Howell
(Mission San Jose High School) and Susan Lemke (Hopkins Junior High)
for conducting after school classes with students, prior to the
construction. This helped to get students interested in the
project. Eleanor Kohnen (St. Joseph School) also helped with the
geography and geology lesson.
provided aerial photographs from the 1950’s through 1970’s. She
also helped me understand what Mission Creek looked like without
There were many artists and
photographers who helped in this project. Doris Raia helped to
clarify many of the images. Elaine Wang, as a student at Mission
San Jose High School designed the Mission Creek log while April
Yang, also a student helped developed characters for “Through a
Frog’s Eye.” Special thanks to Vicky Eggert for designing many
headbands and Sandy Ferreira for her beautiful photographs.
Lee Ellis and Sandy Ferreira helped identify birds and plants. Dr.
Joy Chien also aided in the identification of flowers. Katie York
helped with chemical analysis with students, and Erdmann Rogge,
helped with the initial hydrological student of Mission Creek.
assisted in the data gathering for this project. As a student from
Mission San Jose High School she helped take photographs, collect
chemical and biological data. She also helped in organizing high
school students who have volunteered their time and effort to the