Support Your River

Do you want the San Lorenzo River to become a vibrant place at the center of your community? If so, invest in CWC's river leadership including programs that benefit youth and families, water quality and habitat.

The Coastal Watershed Council is transforming the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource.

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What Does Greg Pepping Love Most?

The San Lorenzo River not only provides drinking water to our community but also the opportunity to connect with nature right in the heart of town. Hear CWC's Executive Director, Greg Pepping, share what he most loves about our river and...

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Falling in Love with the San Lorenzo River

Falling in Love with the San Lorenzo River

Watershed Rangers wave goodbye to the San Lorenzo River at the end of a CWC field tripIf you’ve ever fallen in love with a special someone, there are some telltale signs you may recognize: The way your eyes widen when you see them from afar, the smile and giggles that...

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Growing Love for the River

Growing Love for the River

Here at CWC, we have a motto: "Healthy Watersheds, Thriving Communities". We believe that when people care for the San Lorenzo River, learn about its significance and build a connection to nature, it benefits not only the river but the broader Santa Cruz community....

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Upcoming Events

  1. san lorenzo river symposium

    State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium 2020

    February 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. River Health Day with the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

    March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. River Health Day

    March 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


How We Do It

People rely on and impact the San Lorenzo River every day. That’s why CWC’s programs and partnerships bring you to discover your river, learn something new and inspire you to act. CWC’s dualistic approach of healthy watersheds, thriving communities brings fun, education, recreation and innovation to Santa Cruzans every day and creates value for your community.

Improving Water Quality

Enhancing Habitat

Empowering Youth

Conducting Community Science

Increasing Access and Safety

Increasing Positive Activity

Building Community Capacity

Sustaining Flows


Your Donation Makes a Big Difference

Every dollar you give, drives action for cleaner water and healthier habitat and helps CWC reach thousands of river champions of all ages. By donating, you join a growing group of people committed to transforming the San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore and protect it. It’s easy to donate online today.


You Have a Role To Play

Volunteer today and use your time, skills, energy and ideas to drive change for the San Lorenzo River and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, the urban park that lines its banks. There’s a role for everyone – including you. How will you join the movement?