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Dry Creek Beds

Dry creek beds, or rock-lined swales, are shallow trenches lined with gravel and river cobble that capture run-off from roof downspouts, driveways, or parking areas.

Download a how-to guide for creating a dry-creek bed here!

A downspout diverted to a rock-lined swale and rain garden creates a natural stream look that connects this Santa Cruz garden to the Branciforte Creek watershed

Rock-lined swale infiltrates stormwater run-off from a parking lot at Marina Coast Water District

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