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Workers to remove sediment from Matadero Creek

Original post made on Jul 10, 2013

Crews from the Santa Clara Valley Water District will remove 2,000 cubic yards of sediment -- enough to fill 250 dump trucks -- from Matadero Creek between U.S. Hwy. 101 and Louis Road.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 3:13 PM


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

We should keep it for its sedimental value.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thought that the City Council's plastic bag ban was supposed to keep the creeks all clean and pure ..

Posted by Doing it the Peter way, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

It would be better for the environment if the sediment was hauled off by bicycle, foot or public transportation instead of dump trucks.

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Permanently open the service road along the creek to bicyclists and my family will help to haul dirt. The city has been talking about opening this road to the public for years. Why hasn't it happened yet? NIMBYs?

Posted by Watch out for City Expenses , a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Rough riding for bicyclists - especially for small ones. Liability if someone falls into creek. Costly to fence entire right of way and maintain for a few riders.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Grew up on Amarillo Ave back in the '50's - re: Matadero Creek, wondering if there's any record of a slaugherhouse ('matadero')located on the creek, presumably before the days of Piers Ranch and Dairy.

Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Good one musical!

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I couldn't help myself...

@Mike, I miss the old Drive-In theater. When was that built? The meaning of Matadero had never occurred to me until you brought it up. Interesting.

Posted by Bitter Widder, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

What is the purpose of removing the sediment?

Posted by Joe, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

If your interested in some of the history of Barron and Matadero creeks, you should read Doug Graham's history articles in the Barron Park Association newsletter. Doug talks about them starting on page 10 in the Summer, 2008 newsletter: Web Link

The short answer is that Matadero Creek appeared on maps as early as 1859. The exact location of the "slaughtering place" was either near the Bol park donkey pasture or further up near what is now the Page Mill exit on 280.

Posted by Bunny on Greer, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

20 days start to finish or 20 work days? I live right next to the creek and would like to know.