San Luis Obispo Creek Restoration
(Downtown Creekwalk Project)
Before
After
Before
After
Before
After
Creekwalk Project
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo Creek is an important steelhead stream in central California. Over the years,
this coastal stream had been impacted by urban development and pollution. The City of San Luis
Obispo decided to extend the downtown creek trail and restore the stream. The channel was in an
extremely degraded condition and erosion was actively occurring. Much of the riparian vegetation
had been lost due to erosion and encroachment of urban land uses. Don Funk designed the
channel restoration improvements and assisted the engineering firm, Cannon, and the landscape
architectural firm, FIRMA, with the grading design and re-vegetation plans. After conducting a
morphological survey of the channel, we prepared improvement drawings for boulder structures,
including multiple rock weirs and rock veins to
curb future erosion, improve water quality and
restore stream habitat. The plan also included lowering the north terrace and reducing the slope
of some of the channel banks to improve bank stability and slow creek velocities adjacent to the
banks, helping to reduce channel erosion.
Native riparian vegetation was incorporated in the
restoration along the channel banks. Don Funk also provided on-site construction management
during the channel grading and creek restoration work.
Blankets protecting against soil erosion
and reducing sediment in streams
Rock weirs stabilizing a channel
Education for conservation - High
School Students learning about soils
Students teaching students about
watershed health. Young people learning
the importance of the environment and
productive human interaction.
You CAN make a difference!
Photos by Don Funk
(Except as noted)
Other Conservation & Education Projects
Photo by Bob Bourgault
Link to Additional Photos of San Luis
Obispo Creek Restoration Project
Click on the links below to access
more SLG information and photos:
Earth Design International
Professional Consulting Network
Rock Boulder Weirs
Erosion Control
Blanket
San Luis Obispo Creek
Restoration Project
Constructing a
Rock Vein
Photo taken in 1999
San Luis Obispo Creek
after restoration
Constructing a Rock Weir
in San Luis Obispo Creek
Photo taken in 1999
San Luis Obispo Creek
after restoration
San Luis Obispo Creek
after restoration
San Luis Obispo Creek
after restoration
Rock Weir, San Luis Obispo
Creek after restoration
Photo taken in 2011
During Construction,
the Creek was
diverted through this
temporary pipe
During Construction,
the Creek was
diverted through this
temporary pipe
Earth Design International Company
Background, Affiliates and Experience
Environmental, Community Planning,
Mediation, Meeting Facilitation,
Economic Development, Erosion Control,
Stream Restoration and Education
Creek Improvements by
Don Funk, Landscape
Architectural Design by
FIRMA and Engineering by
Cannon
Stream Channel
Restoration Design by
Donald J. Funk