Arroyo de la Laguna

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Arroyo de la Laguna
Arroyo de la Laguna Restoration Project 2006.jpg
Alameda County Resource Conservation District restoration project in lower Arroyo de la Laguna will re-establish riparian terraces in eroded channel.
Arroyo de la Laguna is located in California
Arroyo de la Laguna
Location of the mouth of Arroyo de la Laguna in California
EtymologySpanish
Location
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
RegionAlameda County
CityPleasanton
Physical characteristics
Sourceconfluence
 ⁃ locationPleasanton
 ⁃ coordinates37°40′36″N 121°54′44″W / 37.67667°N 121.91222°W / 37.67667; -121.91222[1]
 ⁃ elevation315 ft (96 m)
MouthAlameda Creek
 ⁃ location
south of Sunol, California
 ⁃ coordinates
37°35′18″N 121°53′27″W / 37.58833°N 121.89083°W / 37.58833; -121.89083Coordinates: 37°35′18″N 121°53′27″W / 37.58833°N 121.89083°W / 37.58833; -121.89083[1]
 ⁃ elevation
217 ft (66 m)[1]
Basin features
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftArroyo Valle
 ⁃ rightSinbad Creek

Arroyo de la Laguna is a 7.5-mile-long (12.1 km)[2] southward-flowing stream in Alameda County, California, United States which originates at the confluences of South San Ramon Creek and Arroyo Mocho. The Arroyo de la Laguna is fed by tributaries in the Amador Valley and certain eastern slope drainages of the Diablo Range; these tributaries include Arroyo Valle and Sinbad Creek. Arroyo del la Laguna is the major tributary to Alameda Creek which in turn flows into the San Francisco Bay.

From prehistoric times much of the eastern part of the Amador Valley consisted of a lake known as Tulare Lake. With development of the valley starting in the 19th century, drainage alterations in this watershed reduced the lake to a watercourse now called the Arroyo de la Laguna.[3]

Hydrogeology[edit]

In the northern portion of the Arroyo de la Laguna catchment basin, the Tassajara Formation underlies Quaternary valley fill material.[4] Contacts of these two formations are often indistinguishable due to similarities of physical characteristics. The prism of sediments identified as valley fill materials contains from eight to ten separate zones of sand and gravel separated by zones of silt and clay.

Rapid development and other historic changes in the upper watershed have caused severe instability in the lower 5 miles of the Arroyo de la Laguna.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Arroyo de la Laguna
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 15, 2011
  3. ^ Arroyo de la Laguna: Watershed Map and Profile)
  4. ^ C.Michael Hogan and Marc Papineau, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Vicinity of Deerwood Drive and Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, California, Earthurl= Metrics Inc.File ref 7815, San Mateo, Ca. (1989)
  5. ^ "Arroyo de la Laguna Restoration Projects". Alameda County Resource Conservation District. Retrieved 2017-01-06.