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 Chinatown Bridge pedestrian bridge over the San Lorenzo River.
- Snapshot Day was recognized at the United States Congress by Congressman Jimmy Panetta for its 20-year history and ongoing success!
- 60 Snapshot Day volunteers measured reductions in nutrient levels and identified four bacteria hot spots thanks to their water quality monitoring. CWC volunteer Vai Campbell, who tragically lost her life in the Conception Dive Boat Disaster, created the first-ever Snapshot Day story map to better tell the story of this Snapshot Day data, which persists as part of her strong legacy of watershed protection in the region.
- CWC, 112 river neighbors from Beach Flats and the Ocean’s 11 neighborhoods and three artists co-created the City of Santa Cruz’s first storm drain murals to help reduce non-point source pollution from entering storm drains and the San Lorenzo River.
- A record 722 volunteers removed 2,700 square feet of highly invasive species like Himalayan Blackberry and Ice Plant, and in their place planted 19 species of beneficial native plants to support a thriving river ecosystem.
- 2,591 youth in grades K-8 became sworn Watershed Rangers after participating in a Coastal Watershed Council lesson series where they learned about their local river and pledged to take specific actions to preserve and protect their watershed.
- After attending a CWC-hosted event in 2018, 373 event attendees pledged that they would return to the San Lorenzo River during the year in order to help increase positive activity along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and San Lorenzo Park.
Thank you for making all of these 2019 accomplishments possible! Stay involved in 2020. Learn more about volunteering, supporting CWC or visiting the San Lorenzo River in 2020.