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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Cultivating Diverse River Stewards

Cultivating Diverse River Stewards

Everyone can play a role in caring for the San Lorenzo River. That’s why CWC is cultivating unique groups of river stewards across our community, from unhoused neighbors in the Downtown Streets Team to Watershed Rangers from Gault and Bay View Elementary Schools. With...

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CWC Finishes First in Santa Cruz Gives!

CWC Finishes First in Santa Cruz Gives!

It's hard to overstate the success of the Coastal Watershed Council's 2023 Santa Cruz Gives campaign, which you made possible. Thanks to your generosity, we finished at the top of the leaderboard with a total of $62,215 from 50 donors! This made us eligible for 7.4%...

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Results of CWC’s 2023 Donor Engagement Survey

Results of CWC’s 2023 Donor Engagement Survey

The results are in! In the fall of 2023, we set out to understand which topics resonated most with CWC’s donor community, and how donors like you prefer to stay connected to CWC’s work. What we heard is that you enjoy reading the CWC newsletter to stay up to date, and...

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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?