In the winter of 2013 the City of Oakley Public Works Department completed a restoration and enhancement project which restored approximately three acres of natural riparian habitat to Marsh Creek adjacent to Creekside Park. Throughout the years, the Public Works Department has been monitoring the success of the restoration project and mitigating any damages caused by both nature (beavers, flooding, drought) and vandalism.
In February of 2018 Parks Division staff, along with a volunteer, began a mitigation planting project. This project consisted of locally harvesting a variety of California native Willow species to then plant at the restoration site. Approximately 600 willow whips were harvested and planted. The Oakley Parks Division is committed to the success of this restoration project and the return of a natural riparian habitat for both fauna and wildlife within Marsh Creek.
Martin Contreras and Roman Cervantes Parks and Landscape Division staff, and volunteer Barry Margesson (volunteer and current member of Friends of Marsh Creek) are shown planting Willow whips around a natural scour that formed from heavy rains in the winter of 2016. The scour is a great natural addition of diversity and ecological value to this restoration project. The scour is expected to grow both up and downstream and may eventually connect to Marsh Creak to create a side channel which would provide a significant additional habitat that is currently lacking from Marsh Creek.