Engineering Department

Responsibilities

The Engineering Department is responsible for developing and managing all public works and capital improvement projects including streets, sidewalks, water mains, storm drains, sewer mains, and bicycle lanes, among other projects. The department also reviews street and utility improvement plans for compliance with applicable design standards and regulations and inspects project construction to assure conformance with approved grading, drainage and storm water plans. The department oversees important City functions, including:

  • Permit issuance including Encroachment Permits (PDF), Grading Permits and Industrial Wastewater Permits
  • Plan check and approval of improvement plans, final maps, and parcel maps
  • Provision of floodplain information
  • Working with the public on day-to-day issues requiring an engineering opinion

Rivers, Creeks & Streams

Cloverdale's creeks, and streams and the Russian River are valuable resources to the City of Cloverdale. They remove water pollutants and improve water quality, provide flood control and stormwater drainage, are vital to wildlife habitat and create neighborhood beauty and improved quality of life. There are three major creeks which flow through the City of Cloverdale. These creeks are:

  • Cloverdale Creek
  • Porterfield Creek
  • Cherry Creek

View a map of the total watershed area (PDF) of these creeks. The City of Cloverdale General Plan has policies and programs that conserve the natural environment and wildlife resources. Learn more by viewing the Cloverdale General Plan (PDF).

Permitting Jurisdiction Contacts

The following is contact information for agencies that have permitting jurisdiction over rivers, creeks, and streams within the City of Cloverdale. For questions regarding creek or stream maintenance, please contact the following agencies:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco Office
    Regulatory Permits
    Phone: 415-503-6774
  • California Department of Fish and Game, Bay Delta Region
    Lake and Streambed Alteration Program
    Phone: 707-944-5500

To learn more about the Russian River and the Russian River Watershed, please go to the Russian River Watershed Association website.

For questions about flooding or flood insurance maps and studies visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website or call 877-336-2627.

Slow the Flow of Storm Water Runoff

The City of Cloverdale has partnered with our neighboring cities in Sonoma and Mendocino counties to help protect the Russian River. Part of this will include new designs and techniques for landscaping which help "slow the flow" to our streets, creeks and rivers. Details of these changes will be posted on the City's website in the coming months, but in the meantime the State of California has prepared a Film Festival to introduce some of the new concepts.

View the Slow the Flow video.

Visit the Water Quality Outreach youtube site which has a number of videos including; What the heck is Stom Water Runoff, Rain Gardens, Permeable pavers, Lawn Removal.

Resources