The Bay Area’s San Francisquito Creek is finding itself in the news these days, and often not for the right reasons.
This time, it’s because the dewatered stream — which runs through the heart of the Silicon Valley and is home to Stanford’s much-maligned Searsville Dam — became the burial ground for several more endangered Steelhead (from a Beyond Searsville email):
This past weekend, Menlo Park resident and author Mike Lanza and his young sons hiked along San Francisquito Creek near the Stanford Shopping Center and encountered a terrible site. Only a small puddle remained in the dry creek and two threatened steelhead trout lay dead around the edge of the disappearing water. Receiving these photos from watershed residents and kids that love the creek is always a heartbreaker and more and more we are being asked “Why does this keep happening?”.