Whitewater Winters on the San Lorenzo River

Whitewater Winters on the San Lorenzo River

Daren Commons ​was raised in Santa Cruz, kayaks avidly, and​ ​teaches history in Watsonville. When the San Lorenzo River rises each winter, he grabs his kayak and heads into the mountains to whitewater kayak the San Lorenzo River. Read, in Daren’s own words,...
Ebb & Flow River Arts Project 2017 Update

Ebb & Flow River Arts Project 2017 Update

It’s time to go with the flow!  Led by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County with partners including City of Santa Cruz, the Coastal Watershed Council, City of Santa Cruz Arts Commission, City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department, Tannery Arts Center, First...
Volunteer for the 2017 Riverwalk Usage Study

Volunteer for the 2017 Riverwalk Usage Study

The Santa Cruz Riverwalk Usage Study, ongoing since August 2014, establishes data on who visits the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, the two-mile long city park that lines the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River, and how visitors use the park. A team of dedicated volunteers...
Can Steelhead Trout Survive Here?

Can Steelhead Trout Survive Here?

“Steelhead Trout can survive here!” exclaims a 4th grader at Main Street Elementary School. I ask him why. “Well, there is enough dissolved oxygen, the transparency is high, pH is 6.5 and its not too cold!” With either a thermometer or test kit...
First Flush 2016 Report Released

First Flush 2016 Report Released

Do you know what is in your stormwater? During a rain event, an accumulation of rain drops hitting the sidewalks, roads and driveways collect and move particles downstream. This stormwater takes everything from dog waste, fertilizers, paint and soap and by the time it...
What’s to Come in 2017: A Message from CWC’s Executive Director

What’s to Come in 2017: A Message from CWC’s Executive Director

With the holidays behind us, like many of you CWC is racing into an exciting and fulfilling 2017. Before I share what’s coming this year, it seems appropriate to pause for a moment and reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish in the year we’ve just wrapped up....