Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program

In 2011 the Board of Supervisors declared October 2011 as the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month, and directed the Flood Control District to continue implementation of the Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program. In 2011 and 2012, public input was received to develop the program. Since that time, the program has produced improved signage, new safety brochures, school outreach, community outreach, a safety evaluation, a student created safety video, and Swiftwater Rescue coordination, with additional items coming soon. 

As the rains begin, please be aware that water levels will rise in the creeks and channels. The water is cold, swift-moving, and full of debris. Appreciate the great jobs creeks and channels do to protect our community from flooding; protect yourselves and your loved ones – but most importantly,
STAY OUT, STAY ALIVE!
Our “Stay Out, Stay Alive!” campaign is primarily spread via our annual fall outreach to all schools in the County.  We also need your help to spread our message:

-Be aware of fences and warning signs identifying the flood control channels

-Stay out of the channels

-If you see a person in the channel, immediately call 911

-Inform your family members about the Program and it's messages.

Staying Out Means Staying Alive!

Students at Walnut Creek Intermediate School joined forces with the County Flood Control District recently to spread the word about Creek and Channel Safety. Dubbed the StayOut, StayAlive! campaign, the outreach effort engaged the schools’ Leadership and Art classes in teaching others about the dangers of local creeks and waterways.

Swift-water Rescuers from the local Fire Protection District Station visited the campus to tell the students how dangerous fast-moving stormwater can be, and to demonstrate how hard it is to pull someone out of a flood channel. Local elected officials came out in a show of support for this important effort, including representatives from U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s office, County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s office, and Walnut Creek Mayor Loella Haskew. Tim Jensen from the County Flood Control District joined the officials in awarding prizes to the winners of the Art classes’ StayOut, StayAlive! poster contest. Winning posters will be hung around the county in high-visibility locations near District flood control channels. Students also decorated the campus bridges, played Trivia to learn about the benefits and dangers of creeks and flood channels, got StayOut, StayAlive! wristbands, and heard morning announcements related to the campaign.

The District’s Tim Jensen pointed out that Walnut Creek Intermediate School is a perfect platform from which to share the StayOut, StayAlive! message. The school is bisected by a flood control channel which the kids cross daily via two foot bridges. Furthermore, two former students from the school perished in a flood channel rafting accident several years back, so the community is keenly aware of the reality of which the campaign speaks. Flood control channels crisscross the entire region, and several pass near schools. Because these channels collect run-off from small creeks, some of which are on private property, there are dozens of potential access points. The District has done extensive safety stenciling, signage and fencing to dissuade people from entering the waterways and to forewarn them of the dangers. The StayOut, StayAlive! schools outreach campaign helps spread this message each year at the onset of the rainy season by sending safety information to each school in the County and holding special events such as the one held at Walnut Creek Intermediate School. 

Program Events:

10/28/14 – The Board recognized Mt. Diablo High School’s Digital Safari Academy’s contributions to the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/28/14 – The Board recognized the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s participation in the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/7/14 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/19/14 – Media Release regarding Program Update

2016 Program Events:

11/1-11/4/16 – Walnut Creek Intermediate holds their second annual Creek and Channel Safety Week

10/25/16 – Board recognizes Walnut Creek Intermediate School for their development of a Creek and Channel Safety Week

9/27/16 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

3/24/16- District staff take the Stay Out, Stay Alive message to Los Lomas High School at their annual Health Fair


Past Program Events:

10/19-22/15 – Walnut Creek Intermediate School holds their first Creek and Channel Safety Week and receives media coverage

10/6/15 – The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/17/15 – District staff take the Stay Out, Stay Alive message to Los Lomas High School at their annual Health Fair

10/28/14 – The Board recognized Mt. Diablo High School’s Digital Safari Academy’s contributions to the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/28/14 – The Board recognized the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s participation in the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/7/14 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/19/14 – Media Release regarding Program Update

Program Events:

10/28/14 – The Board recognized Mt. Diablo High School’s Digital Safari Academy’s contributions to the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/28/14 – The Board recognized the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s participation in the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/7/14 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/19/14 – Media Release regarding Program Update 

Program Events:

10/28/14 – The Board recognized Mt. Diablo High School’s Digital Safari Academy’s contributions to the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/28/14 – The Board recognized the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s participation in the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/7/14 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/19/14 – Media Release regarding Program Update 

Program Events:

10/28/14 – The Board recognized Mt. Diablo High School’s Digital Safari Academy’s contributions to the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/28/14 – The Board recognized the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s participation in the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program Video, geared towards youth.

10/7/14 - The Board received a Program Status Report and declared October as Creek and Channel Safety Month.

2/19/14 – Media Release regarding Program Update 

Additional Information


Safety Awareness Program Documents

Program Status


September 27, 2016: News Release

For additional information, please contact Tim Jensen at 925-313-2390.