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Coyote Parkway Freshwater Wetland

The completed 7.6 acre  freshwater wetland project  east of Coyote Creek in south San Jose, is just south of the U.S. 101 and Highway 85 intersection. The project created a wetland basin in a formerly dry upland field. Construction was completed in January 2007.

Water is supplied to the wetland basin from the Coyote Groundwater Recharge Pond located directly to the south. The water is managed at variable levels throughout the year in order to support wetland vegetation and wildlife but discourage mosquito and bullfrog reproduction. Water levels are typically highest in the winter and spring and lowest in the summer and fall.

Coyote Parkway Freshwater Wetland

Four distinct vegetation zones each have a different hydrology and support a unique palette of plants:

  • Near-perennial Wetland (e.g., Hardstem bulrush, California bulrush)
  • Seasonal Wetland (e.g., soft rush, iris-leaved rush)
  • Wetland Ecotone/transitional (e.g., Western goldenrod, California aster)
  • Upland (e.g., Toyon, Coyote brush, California rose)

With its mix of seasonal and near-perennial vegetation and ponding, the Coyote Parkway Freshwater Wetland provides breeding and foraging habitat for a variety of local wildlife such as ducks, songbirds and amphibians.


  • A shallow wetland basin and two meandering, deeper water channels
  • A solar-powered fish screen to protect steelhead trout from entering the site from Coyote Creek
  • Installation of over 30,000 wetland plants native to the local watershed


  • Provides new and valuable wetland habitat near existing ponds and streams
  • Complements the existing open space setting
  • Helps compensate for impacts from flood protection maintenance activities

Project contact:
For more information about this project, contact Senior Project Manager Ngoc Nguyen at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2632.