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...
Habitat Highlights from the Dry Season

Habitat Highlights from the Dry Season

Number of volunteers Number of Hours Volunteered Square Footage of Invasive Species Removed During the dry season in summer and fall, the banks of the San Lorenzo River turn from green to gold. Native plants finish flowering and go dormant, conserving their resources...
How Do You Get Ready for Rain?

How Do You Get Ready for Rain?

Before the winter rains come, how will you get ready for rain? The first significant rainfall of the year scours your streets and neighborhoods and will move everything in its path into local waterways. Heavy rain picks up and moves bacteria, oil and grease, sediment,...
Santa Cruz Paints Its First Storm Drain Murals

Santa Cruz Paints Its First Storm Drain Murals

Photos Courtesy of Jake J. Thomas Photo and Coastal Watershed Council staff. Storm drain murals beautify and increase public art in local neighborhoods, a priority for river neighbors, and help people visualize how their local storm drain is connected to the San...
20th Annual Snapshot Day Results and Storymap

20th Annual Snapshot Day Results and Storymap

The results of the 20th Annual Snapshot Day are here!During Snapshot Day 2019, 60 volunteers collected field measurements and water samples from rivers, streams and sloughs across Santa Cruz County. To determine the health of waterbodies sampled during Snapshot Day,...