Taking a Break from the Corps

By Robin Meadows

Corte Madera creek is an outsized problem for people in Ross and other towns built right up to its banks. “Our peaceful creek turns into a rushing torrent in winter,” says Chris Martin, who grew up in the small Marin County town. Finding a fix has been contentious since 1971, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put a mile-long concrete flood control channel through Ross. “It disconnected the creek from the floodplains, wrecked the Coho salmon fishery, and didn’t accomplish its purpose ― it’s a failure any way you look at it.” The local community has repeatedly rebuffed the Corps’ attempts at redoing the project, so the County and the Corps terminated the 2014 agreement.

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