The Impact You Make

With your help, we connect people with the San Lorenzo every day - from thousands of youth Watershed Rangers to hundreds of volunteers who visit, learn about, and protect the river for the plants and animals who depend on it.

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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CWC Welcomes Emma Ussat to Board of Directors

CWC Welcomes Emma Ussat to Board of Directors

The Coastal Watershed Council is excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Emma Ussat! Emma currently works as the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship, where she helps build trails and communities....

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Spreading Seeds with CWC

Spreading Seeds with CWC

You might be wondering why you see fewer new plantings going into the ground at Coastal Watershed Council’s habitat enhancement site this year. Don’t worry: CWC is still fully committed to improving the habitat along our lovely Lower San Lorenzo River!  We are just...

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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?