Meet Rosa, an 11 year old student learning about the San Lorenzo watershed in an after school program hosted by the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC). She told CWC staff that what she most wants to do is to swim in the San Lorenzo River; but sadly, the river doesn’t meet the water quality standards for swimming—yet. Though you may remember a day when swimming in this river was the best thing to do in the summer, it can’t be done today. We are working to change this for you, Rosa and all of us.
Today, the San Lorenzo River has a negative reputation spanning from pollution control issues to disdain and neglect. But you understand that it doesn’t have to be this way. That is why I hope you will become a member of the Coastal Watershed Council. I urge you to connect to this work and further this burgeoning success story of river revitalization. Together, we are strengthening the community’s connection to this natural resource and improving the health of your waterways and oceans.
You can support this work with a gift of $50, $100, or $200 online today or by mailing a check to 345 Lake Ave., Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
And click below to see Rosa and the San Lorenzo River Explorers, students participating in a year-long watershed education program with Nueva Vista (formerly Beach Flats Community Center) and CWC, as they collect water quality data on the San Lorenzo River.