Kevin McCallum, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
An ambitious but long-delayed bid to restore an urban creek in southwest Santa Rosa to a more natural state took a key step forward this week when the city awarded the construction contract for the first phase of the project.
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.6 million contract to rebuild a 2,250-foot section of Lower Colgan Creek near Elsie Allen High School.
The $16 million project has been 15 years in the making. It aims to breathe life back into a stretch of creek that for decades has been confined to an inhospitable concrete flood control channel.