Latest News From the Coastal Watershed Council


Introducing Mollie

Mollie Behn Bio PictureEducation Coordinator Mollie Behn (pronounced Bain). Mollie has hit the ground running to lead CWC Education programs throughout Santa Cruz County, including the Green Schools Program, after school programs at Nueva Vista Community Center and so much more! Mollie shares,

“I believe connecting people to nature and inspiring protection of our environment is one of the most powerful ways we can learn more about ourselves and gain a sense of community. As a National Park Ranger, environmental educator and program manager of a volunteer-based forest stewardship program, I have been committed to empowering the next generation of environmental stewards. I am honored to part of the Coastal Watershed Council team to teach youth and adults through hands-on experiences ways we can both enjoy and protect our local watersheds and the San Lorenzo River. I believe each of us has a unique connection to nature and I am excited to meet you all and to learn about what inspires and connects you to our watershed!”

Please join us in welcoming Mollie by saying hello at the office or sending her an email today at!

Wishing Debie a Bon Voyage

Debie flow measurements behind C31Fifteen years ago CWC Monitoring Coordinator Debie Chirco-Macdonald had her first volunteer experience with the Coastal Watershed Council. Since then, she’s become a friendly and familiar face for CWC volunteers and partners participating in water quality monitoring programs. Hundreds of people have learned so much from Debie, from how to measure the water quality in their local creek to how to smile and laugh at3 a.m. in the rain during the First Flush storm. Debie will be leaving the Coastal Watershed Council at the end of October to head off on a journey around the world with her family. While we’re sad to see her go, we’re so excited for the journey she’s embarking on. Come celebrate Debie’s 15 years with the Coastal Watershed Council onWednesday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the CWC Office. Over drinks and food, with friends and family, we’ll celebrate Debie’s amazing accomplishments and say our goodbyes. Please click here to RSVP and join us for Debie’s Bon Voyage Party.