An Overview of Windsor Creeks
There are five major creeks which flow through the Town of Windsor. These creeks are:
- Windsor Creek
- East Windsor Creek
- Pool Creek
- Pruitt Creek
- Starr Creek
- Faught Creek
Scroll down below to view the image of Windsor Creek watershed and the creek subwatersheds within it.
There are also a few additional creeks which flow through the Town of Windsor close to its edge or flow just outside of the town limits but contribute to the Town’s overall watershed.
These creeks are:
- Gumview Creek
- Sotoyome Creek
- Airport Creek
Like all creeks, Windsor’s creeks provide habitat – a home – for various forms of life including beneficial insects, frogs, and in some creeks, even fish. Creek banks also provide shelter and drinking water for many different types of birds, reptiles and even some small mammals. On portions of Windsor and East Windsor Creek trails, creek side trails provide scenic walking, jogging or biking opportunities.
Each creek has a watershed. A watershed is the surface area that drains into that creek. Rainwater flows over all the open land, roads, rooftops and parking lots in a watershed and drains into a waterbody. The creek that receives all that water runoff from its watershed also receives all of the pollutants carried with it. Those pollutants might be pesticides off a lawn, oil that dripped from a car or litter that is dropped on the ground rather than placed in a waste bin.
Combined, Windsor’s creeks have a total watershed area of approximately 7,320 acres. All of these creeks meet just southwest of Windsor and flow into the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The Laguna then drains into the Russian River just north of Forestville.
Windsor’s intent, through its Storm Water Quality Ordinance and other Public Works Storm Water programs, is to improve the water quality in its creeks.