Excited by the possibilities ...

JIM-W“I love outdoor recreation of all types and one of my favorite local outings is going  for a walk or a bike ride on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. I find myself being inspired by the potential to return the river to a jewel of our community. I am excited by the possibilities for the Riverwalk to be a driver of economic activity, a destination for tourism and recreation, and a beautiful public space that our community can feel proud of. I am happy to share my time, energy and financial support with the Coastal Watershed Council to support the San Lorenzo River Alliance.”
— Jim Weisenstein


I adore the quiet stillness ...

JM-BROWN“Many of us choose to live in Santa Cruz to be near the Pacific, to hear the crash of the surf, to be in awe of the ocean’s vastness. But, equally, I adore the quiet stillness and resilience of the San Lorenzo River. As the afternoon sun sparkles on the wide reach between Riverside Avenue and the Boardwalk, the river feels more accessible, more a part of everyday life — literally. Because it is our largest water supply source, Santa Cruz wouldn’t be situated where it is without it. And yet, it is under-valued in our community relative to its importance. I consider the time, energy and money I spend advocating for the San Lorenzo and the adjoining five-mile Riverwalk as wise investments in our future. As we consider how to encourage recreation, generate housing, steward our environment, maintain public safety and grow our economy, we must always have an eye toward the river.”
— J.M. Brown

Building lasting relationships ...

susie-o'hara“For me and my family, living within a community means building lasting relationships and connecting in our shared spaces. Ten years ago, I was elated when my husband, Matt, was offered a position teaching Latin American History at UCSC. I envisioned putting down roots in this vibrant community and raising my three daughters to experience the natural world around them. Over the last decade here in Santa Cruz, I have made an earnest effort to be useful in my community and help nurture our spaces and people. This work brought me to the San Lorenzo River, the one natural wonder of Santa Cruz that is underappreciated and under-utilized. Joining CWC’s Leadership Circle has given me and my family a rare opportunity to bring much needed attention and purpose to a shared space in our community that can offer so much to our families; a safe bike path for my kids to the Boardwalk, a running trail, a place to watch birds and other wildlife, a landscape to sketch.  These are all of the things that I hope for and know my support of the CWC will make that happen!”
— Susie O’Hara

You can be a leader in reconnecting a healthy San Lorenzo River watershed to a vibrant community.

As a Leadership Circle member, you join generous individuals who support the Coastal Watershed Council with an annual gift of $1,000 (just $85 per month) or more. Leadership Circle donors contribute annual funds to help ensure the protection and preservation of coastal watersheds throughout Santa Cruz County and the success of our current flagship project, the San Lorenzo River Alliance.

With your annual gift at the Leadership Circle Level you:

  • Help the Coastal Watershed Council manage the complex process of revitalizing and protecting the San Lorenzo River and other important watersheds;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive events, including outings such as docent-led paddles/walks, our annual meeting, site visits and other fun and inspirational excursions in nature;
  • Are the first to learn what’s changing on the San Lorenzo River and what our partners are working on through “insider updates” from Executive Director Greg Pepping;
  • Are specially recognized (with your permission) on CWC’s website, annual report, and in our social media channels; and
  • Inspire others to support the Coastal Watershed Council and to preserve and protect coastal watersheds.

For more information about the Leadership Circle, contact:
Greg Pepping, Executive Director
(831) 464-9200

See a full list of people like you who have joined CWC’s Leadership Circle.