As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on what we have accomplished together over the past year. We recognize the youth and the adults, the corporate teams and community groups that explored and took action to improve the San Lorenzo River and other watersheds. Thank you to all those that volunteered with the Coastal Watershed Council. Our programs are powered by smart, inquisitive and enthusiastic people who love the waterways of Santa Cruz County. We could not have done it without you.

CWC celebrates Margo Ross as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Margo stood out to CWC for her curiosity and motivation to learn about the functions and idiosyncrasies of local riparian ecosystems. We had the pleasure of working with her on Snapshot Day, during which she monitored streams and sloughs with a team of other volunteers and throughout the summer with Urban Watch program in the City of Capitola. We were impressed with Margo’s thorough and focused approach to collecting and recording scientific data. She was always a warm-hearted and very supportive team member to other volunteers; a kind soul and generous educator to all.

Thank you Margo! You inspire us!

I became involved with the Coastal Watershed Council because I wanted to explore the San Lorenzo River, and the CWC birding walks seemed like a great way to do it.  From there, I got involved with Snapshot Day, the Bio-Blitz and Urban Watch.  I loved working with Alev, meeting lots of interesting and dedicated people at the different projects, and getting out into the Watsonville sloughs, Soquel Creek and the San Lorenzo River.  We are blessed to be surrounded by so much natural beauty, and I feel lucky to be able to work with a great organization like CWC to help preserve it. 

Margo Ross

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