Canal Safety

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The Contra Costa Canal is a 48-mile aqueduct constructed in the 1930s and 40s to meet agricultural and industrial needs of the time. Throughout its 80-plus years, the area surrounding the canal has become urbanized, which means the canal runs through neighborhoods where we live and go to school. The canal presents a hazard to those who cross the fence lines, so check out the resources below on how to be safe.

Canal Safety Assemblies

If your school is located near the Contra Costa Canal, our assembly program is essential for keeping your students safe! Our uniformed Canal Patrol Officers provide a 30-minute presentation year round to grades K-5 as a reminder to students that canal safety rules exist to protect them and their families. Book your free Canal Safety Assembly by contacting your school administrator or by sending us an email at

Canal Safety Video

Watch a video about canal safety featuring Olympic Gold-Medal Winner, Natalie Coughlin. You'll learn why you should never climb the fence, swim or fish in the Contra Costa Canal.

Canal Safety Flyer

View our Canal Safety Flyer below. Available in English and Spanish.

Canal Safety Flyer (PDF)

Canal Safety

Canal Safety Flyer - Spanish (PDF)

Canal Safety SPANISH