At CWC, we’re so grateful for all of the volunteers, supporters, program partners and participants and community members that have made this year great. Your generosity, energy, and support make good things happen every day at the Coastal Watershed Council. Check out our 2022 by the numbers to see just how much you and your gifts count.

Check out some highlights from 2022:

Recap of the 2024 State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the ninth State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium on April 13 at Felton Community Hall! This symposium holds special significance as the only recurring public event focused solely on the San Lorenzo River. This year included...

Uplifting Community Stories to Interpret River Public Art  

Each piece of public artwork near the San Lorenzo River has stories worth sharing – stories that can enhance visitors’ understanding of the piece itself, as well as the diverse community that inspired it. CWC is kicking off a new grant that will interpret three pieces...

Art Kit Creates Connections to the San Lorenzo River

The arts are a powerful tool that youth (and adults) can use to express themselves and process their emotions. They also offer an opportunity to connect young people with nature. Jessica Carmen, one half of CWC’s Artists in Residence The Jams, is also a passionate...

Downtown Streets Team Members Become Successful River Stewards

In honor of Earth Day, the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) is shining a spotlight on little-known heroes of the San Lorenzo River – members of the Downtown Streets Team (DST) experiencing homelessness who have become dedicated river stewards through a unique...

CWC Supporters Host Fish Monitoring Equipment on Branciforte Creek

A new piece of equipment is monitoring steelhead trout movement in Branciforte Creek, thanks to the help of San Lorenzo River champions Ken and Tina Slosberg! Ken and Tina are long-standing members of the Coastal Watershed Council community and current monthly donors....

CWC Welcomes Emma Ussat to Board of Directors

The Coastal Watershed Council is excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Emma Ussat! Emma currently works as the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship, where she helps build trails and communities....

Spreading Seeds with CWC: An Update from River Ecologist Kaiya Giuliano-Monroy

Bringing more native plants to the San Lorenzo River levees is one of the key ways the Coastal Watershed Council is revitalizing the river's habitat. When I host volunteer habitat restoration events for CWC, people often ask why we have stopped planting native plant...

Slightly Acidic: San Lorenzo River Water Quality Results from Snapshot Day 2023

To celebrate World Water Day this week, we’re highlighting the San Lorenzo River’s water quality results from last year’s Snapshot Day! First held in 2000, Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest recurring volunteer water-quality monitoring event on a single day in...

Preventing Bacterial Pollution with 6th Grade Watershed Rangers

Clean water is a big concern for the San Lorenzo River, which provides drinking water for the City of Santa Cruz. The Coastal Watershed Council was originally founded in 1995 to focus on the water quality of rivers flowing into the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, and...

Jim Sandoval Joins CWC’s Board of Directors

The Coastal Watershed Council is pleased to welcome Jim Sandoval to our Board of Directors, following his recent retirement as the City of Los Altos Public Works Director & City Engineer. We are thrilled to draw from Jim’s extensive expertise and experience...

Santa Cruz High Student Shares Snapshot Day Experience

In 2023, Santa Cruz High School student Talia Gurdak got her hands wet in the name of local watershed health by volunteering for Snapshot Day in Santa Cruz County. Talia and her team the “Swampy Samplers” braved pouring rain to collect samples for water quality...

Introducing CWC’s New Board Chair, Eva Salas

CWC is pleased to announce that Eva Salas has stepped into the role of Board Chair, after previously serving in the role of Secretary. Eva is a San Lorenzo River neighbor who feels privileged to live near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk with her husband and son. The...
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