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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Welcoming Candice to the CWC Team!

Welcoming Candice to the CWC Team!

CWC is proud to welcome Candice Stenstrom into the newly created Development and Communications Manager role as we grow into our largest and most impactful team ever. Candice is excited to bring her energy and enthusiasm to the Coastal Watershed Council. She’s...

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Celebrating CWC’s 2019 Accomplishments

Celebrating CWC’s 2019 Accomplishments

Thanks to all of the hundreds of volunteers, donors and supporters like you, 2019 was a great year for the Coastal Watershed Council! It's because of you that: CWC advocated for the commemoration of Santa Cruz's historic Chinese neighborhoods with the naming of the...

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Celebrating 2019 Volunteers of the Year

Celebrating 2019 Volunteers of the Year

Pictured above: Carol, Pedro and Felker Street neighbors celebrate a successful storm drain mural design workshop.Taking care of the San Lorenzo River really does take a village. And oh, what a village the San Lorenzo River is blessed with! 2019 experienced a record...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Beach Flats Neighborhood Cleanup // Limpieza del Vecindario

    February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. River Health Day

    February 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  3. Ocean’s 11 Neighborhood Cleanup // Limpieza del Vecindario

    February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 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?