What’s new in San Lorenzo River news?

Read the Coastal Watershed Council blog to learn the latest on transforming the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical cultural and natural resource. You’ll read about CWC’s programs and the people like you that make them possible. You can also read about and see the Coastal Watershed Council on TV, by visiting CWC’s News & Media page. Check out the latest in San Lorenzo River news:
Local News Looking Out for the Environment

Local News Looking Out for the Environment

Like so many of you, at CWC we're always seeking new ways to learn more about the issues that matter most to us. As our community invests in a thriving local news ecosystem, we're eager to see an increased focus on the environment in local reporting as we welcome home...

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The Difference a Dedicated Group of Volunteers Can Make

The Difference a Dedicated Group of Volunteers Can Make

From the early summer until the first rains come in, CWC volunteers focus on maintenance at the habitat enhancement site along the lower San Lorenzo River including watering and weeding the native seedlings, helping them become established and thrive during these dry...

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Support CWC Through Santa Cruz Gives

Support CWC Through Santa Cruz Gives

The San Lorenzo River is forgotten by too many residents who may not realize our drinking water relies on it. The Coastal Watershed Council is the only organization solely focused on revitalizing this river that was the reason Santa Cruz was founded in the first...

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Distance Learning Activities Support Santa Cruz County Youth

Distance Learning Activities Support Santa Cruz County Youth

The start of this school year is different than any other. As teachers, parents and families navigate crisis after crisis in our community, CWC is working collaboratively to ensure that thousands of K-8th grade students in our community are able to continue to feel supported, remain engaged and learn about our changing environment. CWC is preparing meaningful distance learning activities that engage students in exploration and investigation of local environmental issues affecting the health of the San Lorenzo River.

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Discover New Ways to Explore Your River

Discover New Ways to Explore Your River

Scavenger Hunt Walking and bicycling along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk is really fun, but wouldn’t it be more fun with a scavenger hunt in hand? Notice things you haven’t seen before, stop and listen in new places, observe wildlife, and more! [button...

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Hilary Bryant’s Board Farewell

Hilary Bryant’s Board Farewell

As I complete my service as a proud member of the Coastal Watershed Council Board of Directors, I wish to thank our community and share some observations. I am genuinely grateful for the assistance that so many of you provide to transform the lower San Lorenzo River...

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Seeking Summer Habitat Volunteers

Seeking Summer Habitat Volunteers

Are you interested in increasing biodiversity and supporting a thriving river ecosystem? This summer, the Coastal Watershed Council is seeking volunteers like you to help newly planted native seedlings become established along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River....

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San Lorenzo River Scavenger Hunts

San Lorenzo River Scavenger Hunts

Perfect for a walk or an exciting stop-and-go bike ride along the San Lorenzo River, these new scavenger hunts provide a great opportunity to see and hear the beauty and life surrounding the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Fun for all ages, each interactive search is about 1.5 miles and takes at least 30 minutes. Have fun out there!

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Riverwalk Tour with Executive Director Greg Pepping

Join the Santa Cruz Warriors and Kaiser Permanente for a virtual river walk with Executive Director of the Coastal Watershed Council, Greg Pepping. Greg will lead you on a stroll through the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, show you certain flowers...

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Wishing Whitney Well in Her Move

Wishing Whitney Well in Her Move

CWC River Scientist Whitney Reynier is returning back to her roots in the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest. She'll miss the Santa Cruz sunshine, bike commuting to work using the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and interacting with the San Lorenzo River community on...

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CWC Stands With Black Lives Matter

CWC Stands With Black Lives Matter

The Coastal Watershed Council stands with Black Lives Matter, condemns hate, racism and violence against Black people and commits to practicing anti-racism, allyship and intersectional environmentalism. As a leader of a mostly white organization, I will start with listening and learning, which matches our organization’s strategy or “theory of change,” to transform the San Lorenzo River into a community destination that Santa Cruz is proud of and drawn to…

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San Lorenzo River Action Projects Guide

San Lorenzo River Action Projects Guide

You can help protect our San Lorenzo River! This Action Projects Guide provides fun opportunities and creative ways to learn about and protect the San Lorenzo River, our main source of drinking water and habitat to hundreds of animal and plant species.

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Chinatown Bridge Update

Chinatown Bridge Update

Not all experiences should be remembered. If we recall our struggles too crisply, the burden may be heavy. On the other hand, forgotten memories cost us the warmth and appreciation from special moments in our lives. Ideally, we have full recall of the highlights and...

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Celebrating Snapshot Day Together While Apart

Celebrating Snapshot Day Together While Apart

Although we can’t gather together for Snapshot Day this year, learn about the variety of online resources we have for you to investigate water quality at home! Also learn about a new water quality trend report developed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and based on 20 years of Snapshot Day data.

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Santa Cruz Riverwalk Re-Opens

Santa Cruz Riverwalk Re-Opens

The Santa Cruz Riverwalk has re-opened. If you live within walking or biking distance, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and visit the lower San Lorenzo River. Check out CWC's newly published activities for you and your family to enjoy while abiding by the...

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Video Storytime: San Lorenzo River Stories of Grandma Steel

Video Storytime: San Lorenzo River Stories of Grandma Steel

Curl up and get cozy, it’s story time! Join a reading of the Coastal Watershed Council’s San Lorenzo River Stories of Grandma Steel, a story about of a spawner steelhead trout named Grandma Steel telling young steelhead trout alevin about the history of the San Lorenzo River and the unique life cycle of the steelhead trout. The video concludes with an opportunity for youth to write down or share with someone else what they learned from the story.

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Interactive Virtual Tour: Native Plants of the San Lorenzo River

Interactive Virtual Tour: Native Plants of the San Lorenzo River

Native plants are an important part of the San Lorenzo River. Join CWC staff Whitney Reynier and Mollie Behn on this interactive virtual tour to learn more about the local plants that call the San Lorenzo River home and why they are so important to protecting the health of the San Lorenzo River.

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Interactive Virtual Tour: What Makes a River Healthy?

Interactive Virtual Tour: What Makes a River Healthy?

The San Lorenzo River is an important part of the Santa Cruz community for wildlife, plants and humans. A healthy San Lorenzo River is important for the well-being of our entire community. Join CWC staff Whitney Reynier and Mollie Behn on this interactive virtual tour to learn what makes the San Lorenzo River healthy. You’ll have a chance to learn a bit about the history of the river, observe important features of the river that help make it healthy, and share your ideas either in writing or by drawing.

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Interactive Virtual Tour: Exploring the San Lorenzo River

Interactive Virtual Tour: Exploring the San Lorenzo River

Explore the San Lorenzo River from your home with CWC staff Mollie Behn, Sam Adelson and Whitney Reynier with this interactive virtual tour. Listen to the sounds of the river and observe the plants and animals that call the San Lorenzo River home. You’ll be surprised what you might see and hear.

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Santa Cruz Riverwalk Temporarily Closed

Santa Cruz Riverwalk Temporarily Closed

Over the last few weeks, we've all experienced a tremendous amount of rapid change as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter in place and protect the most vulnerable in our community. As of midnight on April 8, the Santa Cruz Riverwalk park and all Santa Cruz...

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Spring Has Sprung at the San Lorenzo River

For CWC Executive Director Greg Pepping spring is a time of hope, renewal and growth. With the dry winter we've had, CWC is hoping for rain to replenish our river and nourish all the native seedlings volunteers just like you have planted....

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Why Flags?

Why Flags?

As you meander along the east side of the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, you have likely noticed the sea of blue, pink and white landscaping flags covering the riverbank between the Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street bridges. You may have wondered, "What are these flags for?" or...

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The CWC Team Welcomes Educator Meg DeCoite

The CWC Team Welcomes Educator Meg DeCoite

Currently a senior at UCSC studying marine biology, Meg DeCoite is thrilled to come onboard as CWC’s After-School Educator leading the Watershed Rangers programs at Westlake and DeLaveaga elementary schools. This environmental education program connects, inspires and...

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What Does Greg Pepping Love Most?

The San Lorenzo River not only provides drinking water to our community but also the opportunity to connect with nature right in the heart of town. Hear CWC's Executive Director, Greg Pepping, share what he most loves about our river and...

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Falling in Love with the San Lorenzo River

Falling in Love with the San Lorenzo River

Watershed Rangers wave goodbye to the San Lorenzo River at the end of a CWC field tripIf you’ve ever fallen in love with a special someone, there are some telltale signs you may recognize: The way your eyes widen when you see them from afar, the smile and giggles that...

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Growing Love for the River

Growing Love for the River

Here at CWC, we have a motto: "Healthy Watersheds, Thriving Communities". We believe that when people care for the San Lorenzo River, learn about its significance and build a connection to nature, it benefits not only the river but the broader Santa Cruz community....

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The Impact of Watershed Rangers in Action

The Impact of Watershed Rangers in Action

When students finish CWC's Watershed Rangers environmental education program, they raise their hand and take a pledge: “As a Watershed Ranger, I promise to protect and care for our community and the San Lorenzo River. I promise to continue to explore the San Lorenzo...

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Celebrating CWC’s 2019 Accomplishments

Celebrating CWC’s 2019 Accomplishments

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...

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Coastal Bush Lupine

Coastal Bush Lupine

Every second Saturday of the month, CWC leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat complexity and support a healthy river ecosystem. Coastal Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) is...

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End of the Year Marks a New Beginning for Watershed Rangers

End of the Year Marks a New Beginning for Watershed Rangers

"As a Watershed Ranger, I promise to protect and care for our community and the San Lorenzo River. I promise to continue to explore the San Lorenzo River, ask what I can do to help out and share what I know with others." --Watershed Ranger Pledge As 2019 comes to a...

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Celebrating 2019 Volunteers of the Year

Celebrating 2019 Volunteers of the Year

Pictured above: Carol, Pedro and Felker Street neighbors celebrate a successful storm drain mural design workshop.Taking care of the San Lorenzo River really does take a village. And oh, what a village the San Lorenzo River is blessed with! 2019 experienced a record...

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Donate to the Coastal Watershed Council

As the season turns and we begin to consider gift-giving, many of us realize we don’t want to give more “stuff.” Instead, you can make a gift that helps transform the San Lorenzo River - and you can share the river with...

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“Can We Say ‘Thank You’ Again?”

“Can We Say ‘Thank You’ Again?”

Throughout any Coastal Watershed Council field trip to the San Lorenzo River, to the Montery Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center, to Loch Lomond or any of the locations that CWC's Watershed Rangers K-8th grade students visit, you'll hear CWC educators Sam Adelson and...

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Habitat Highlights from the Dry Season

Habitat Highlights from the Dry Season

During the dry season in summer and fall, the banks of the San Lorenzo River turn from green to gold. Native plants finish flowering and go dormant, conserving their resources until wet weather returns and their cycle beings anew. While native plants wait patiently...

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Are You Ready for Rain?

Are you ready for rain? Pollution affecting the San Lorenzo River comes from many, disperse sources known as nonpoint source pollution. When it rains, pollutants from all across the watershed are transported into the San Lorenzo River and...

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Watershed Rangers Play with Hydrology

Watershed Rangers Play with Hydrology

A second-grade after-school student at Bay View Elementary School whips her hair in a circle, flinging water drops all over her fellow Watershed Rangers classmates as they squeal in a fit of laughter. Although the rainy season has not yet arrived in Santa Cruz and...

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How Do You Get Ready for Rain?

How Do You Get Ready for Rain?

Before the winter rains come, how will you get ready for rain? The first significant rainfall of the year scours your streets and neighborhoods and will move everything in its path into local waterways. Heavy rain picks up and moves bacteria, oil and grease, sediment,...

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Common Rush: A Defensive Line Along the River

Common Rush: A Defensive Line Along the River

In the spirit of learning, the Coastal Watershed Council invites you to explore and learn more about native plants growing along the lower San Lorenzo River. Every second Saturday of the month, CWC leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant, water and care...

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Connecting 2,700 Youth to Nature

For CWC and the 2,700 K-8th grade students who will participate in CWC's Watershed Rangers program this year, back to school means back to the San Lorenzo River. Each year, CWC collaborates with over 25 schools, clubs and community centers...

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CWC’s Environmental Leaders Fellowship

CWC’s Environmental Leaders Fellowship

Written by: Anna Maldonado CWC Environmental Leaders Fellow   Growing up in Santa Cruz, I was always aware of the San Lorenzo River running through town. After finishing my second year at UC San Diego studying Earth Sciences, I was...

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Watershed Rangers Head Back to School

Watershed Rangers Head Back to School

Although the weather in Santa Cruz still indicates summer break, it's time to sharpen pencils and put on that backpack. Back to school season is here and it influences almost all of us in one way or another. Maybe you have gone shopping to make sure your kids have...

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Santa Cruz Paints Its First Storm Drain Murals

Santa Cruz Paints Its First Storm Drain Murals

Photos Courtesy of Jake J. Thomas Photo and Coastal Watershed Council staff. Storm drain murals beautify and increase public art in local neighborhoods, a priority for river neighbors, and help people visualize how their local storm drain is connected to...

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20th Annual Snapshot Day Results and Storymap

20th Annual Snapshot Day Results and Storymap

The results of the 20th Annual Snapshot Day are here!During Snapshot Day 2019, 60 volunteers collected field measurements and water samples from rivers, streams and sloughs across Santa Cruz County. To determine the health of waterbodies sampled during...

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Celebrating River Health Day Success

Celebrating River Health Day Success

The Coastal Watershed Council's River Health Day program engages corporate teams, community volunteers and youth groups to remove invasive species, plant native plants and improve ecosystem health along lower San Lorenzo River. In addition to...

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A Note from the Executive Director

A Note from the Executive Director

 A Note from the Executive Director Regarding Meander 2019  As I worked on Meander with CWC’s Board, staff, volunteers, vendors and planning team, I was regularly considering what special stories to share with you at Meander. I reflected on growing up in Iowa and...

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Pick up Pet Waste to Protect the San Lorenzo River!

Pick up Pet Waste to Protect the San Lorenzo River!

On average, a dog produces 3/4 pounds, around 340 grams, of waste a day. In each gram of poop there are 23 million coliform bacteria. That means every time you pick up after your pet, you stop millions of billions of harmful bacteria from infecting people and dogs swimming downstream.

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20th Annual Snapshot Day Success

20th Annual Snapshot Day Success

Thank you to all of the community scientists and other volunteers who attended the 20th Annual Snapshot Day on Saturday, May 4! Snapshot Day is the largest and longest running single-day water quality monitoring event in California. Every year, trained...

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Beach Flats Community Co-Designs Park Storm Drain Art

Beach Flats Community Co-Designs Park Storm Drain Art

Thank you to all the Beach Flats community members who gathered on May 3rd to help design storm drain art at Beach Flats Park! Beach Flats is one of three riverside neighborhoods that will be collaborating with the Coastal Watershed Council, the City of Santa Cruz,...

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Environmental Leaders Fellowship 2019 Application Open

Environmental Leaders Fellowship 2019 Application Open

Do you like working with others to benefit the environment and the community? Do you want to help inspire the next generation of environmental leaders? If you (or someone you know) wants to spend the summer honing leadership skills and improving the San Lorenzo River,...

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The Smartest Heron on the San Lorenzo River

The Smartest Heron on the San Lorenzo River

Contributing Author By Katherine Dale, PhD student, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz Herons and egrets are some of the most commonly spotted birds on the San Lorenzo River, thanks to their large size and...

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Youth Encourage River Stewardship at Downtown Businesses

Youth Encourage River Stewardship at Downtown Businesses

“I am a Watershed Ranger and 4th-grader at Bay View Elementary School. I’d like your permission to post my flyer up in your store. The flyer shares how you can help to protect steelhead trout habitat.”If you have visited a business in downtown Santa Cruz...

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How Former Governor Jerry Brown Supports the San Lorenzo River

How Former Governor Jerry Brown Supports the San Lorenzo River

People protect what they know and love. Even kids. CWC helps to cultivate this love for the San Lorenzo River for youth in grades K-8 through experiences, through knowledge, through little moments that make you wonder about how the river interacts with you and with...

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Uniting Art and Science for Cleaner Water

Uniting Art and Science for Cleaner Water

This spring a storm drain near you is getting a makeover. Thanks to the partnership between the Coastal Watershed Council, neighbors in the Beach Flats and Ocean’s 11 communities, Environmental Projects Analyst Suzanne Healy and City Arts Manager Beth Tobey, local...

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Introducing Youth River Health Days

Introducing Youth River Health Days

Participating in habitat restoration projects such as CWC’s River Health Days is a tactile experience for youth. Imagine... the crunchy soil tickles your hands, the clack of the shovel hits a rock reverberates in your ears, the sight of an earthworm inching by...

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Celebrating CWC’s 2018 Accomplishments

Celebrating CWC’s 2018 Accomplishments

Thank you so much for making 2018 great! Yes, you. People like you who follow CWC's work, who participate, act and advocate for your river are generating positive change for your San Lorenzo River. You've accomplished a lot in 2018 and, as a result, your river is...

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Enjoy 2019 at the San Lorenzo River!

Enjoy 2019 at the San Lorenzo River!

What does 2019 have in store for the Coastal Watershed Council? We are looking forward to more walks along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, blooming native plants along the San Lorenzo River and getting to know Santa Cruz’s network of river lovers and...

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DeLaveaga Kindergarteners Become Watershed Rangers

DeLaveaga Kindergarteners Become Watershed Rangers

On behalf of the Coastal Watershed Council, I want to congratulate each of the brilliant students in Ms. Zúñiga’s dual-language kindergarten class at DeLaveaga Elementary for achieving the highly coveted status of Watershed Ranger! These amazing youngsters...

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Announcing 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Announcing 2018 Volunteer of the Year

As we wrap 2018, we reflect on what we have accomplished over the past year. We recognize the youth and the adults, the corporate teams and community groups that took action to enhance the San Lorenzo River, the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and riverfront...

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Your Support Matters

Your Support Matters

Your support drives each and every accomplishment of the Coastal Watershed Council from engaging 500 volunteers and helping to empower 2,500 youth each year for a cleaner and healthier San Lorenzo River. The impact that CWC and these volunteers and youth create...

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Thank you to the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen!

Thank you to the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen!

Do you remember the first time you put on waders and stepped into a river? Walking forward, you watched your boots disappear as the water deepened. You felt a cold pressure wrap around each leg, and maybe you wondered, is there a hole where the water is seeping in? If...

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Illuminated River

Illuminated River

Contributing AuthorArticle originally published by the City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Office. Written by: Joel Hersch View Original...

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Growing along the River: Yarrow

Growing along the River: Yarrow

This winter, the Coastal Watershed Council will lead volunteers in planting almost 2,000 plants on the banks of the San Lorenzo River during River Health Day habitat restoration events. Yarrow is one beneficial plant that you might spot growing along the river. What's...

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CWC’s Environmental Leaders Fellowship

CWC’s Environmental Leaders Fellowship

The Coastal Watershed Council is committed to fostering the leadership of the next generation of environmental leaders and is proud to do through our summer fellowship program. This year, Francisca Fazzio spent her summer working with the Coastal Watershed Council as...

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Watershed Rangers Head Back to School

Watershed Rangers Head Back to School

No matter your age, you can make a difference. This school year, CWC will teach over 2,500 youth through scientific investigation and study of the San Lorenzo River watershed, increasing their awareness of environmental issues and how they can be part of...

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Trees Planted along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk

Trees Planted along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk

Did you know that the City of Santa Cruz received a grant to plant 500 trees throughout Santa Cruz this year? Thanks to volunteers and staff from the Coastal Watershed Council, Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet and City of Santa Cruz Parks and...

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San Lorenzo Summer Camp

San Lorenzo Summer Camp

Nearly 100 youth explored the San Lorenzo River this summer. Youth from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Nueva Vista Community Resources and the downtown Boys and Girls Club explored, investigated and examined the lower San Lorenzo River as part of their...

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Describe the Santa Cruz Riverwalk of your Dreams

Describe the Santa Cruz Riverwalk of your Dreams

The year is 2025 and you have created the Santa Cruz Riverwalk of your dreams. You decided what activities you can do there, what features to add, how to connect the Riverwalk with the San Lorenzo River and how the Riverwalk makes you feel. Maybe your...

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Into Being – The River Revisited

Into Being – The River Revisited

Written By: Diana Hobson Diana is an English born artist, now living in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Northern California. Diana's work has evolved through glass/mixed media, sculpture, installation and photography to include video and sound installation. The...

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Honoring Santa Cruz’s Chinese-American History

Honoring Santa Cruz’s Chinese-American History

Santa Cruz's Chinatown once stood along the lower San Lorenzo River, built on "China Lane" between the city's downtown business district east of Front Street, where today stands Regal Riverfront Cinemas. As the Coastal Watershed Council looks to the river's future, we...

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June is San Lorenzo River Month

Did you know that June is San Lorenzo River month in the City of Santa Cruz?   How will you be celebrating and getting to know your river? At CWC, we believe that when you care for your river, learn about its significance and build a...

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Volunteers Fuel River Habitat Enhancement

Volunteers Fuel River Habitat Enhancement

By Alexandra Baldwin, CWC Restoration Ecology Intern   Have you noticed the hundreds of pink flags along the lower San Lorenzo River between the Laurel and Soquel Avenue Bridges?   Each flag marks a young beneficial plant that was planted by a community...

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Rally ho! Lessons Learned at River Rally

Rally ho! Lessons Learned at River Rally

This May, hundreds of river advocates from nonprofits, federal and state agencies and local municipalities gathered at the Truckee River in Tahoe, CA, for the 2018 River Rally conference. Among the advocates were Greg, Laurie, Mollie and Alev from the Coastal...

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Student Solutions to Prevent Impacts of Human Development

Student Solutions to Prevent Impacts of Human Development

How does the San Lorenzo River change as it flows towards the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? This is the very question students participating in the Watershed Rangers after-school program at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School investigated at three sites along...

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Are there plague minnows in the San Lorenzo River?

Are there plague minnows in the San Lorenzo River?

Gambusia affinis is one of the most widely introduced species across the globe. When they are destructive in their non-native ecosystems, they’re deemed an invasive species, yet in other contexts they may cause little to no harm. Read on to find out...

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Connecting Youth to Their River

Connecting Youth to Their River

“Bugs! There are bugs in the water!” Kindergartners from Tierra Pacifica Charter School stand side by side peering through magnifying lenses into the San Lorenzo River just next to Mike Fox Skate Park to get a glimpse at the aquatic bugs that call the San Lorenzo...

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Tannery Residents Enhance San Lorenzo River Habitat

Tannery Residents Enhance San Lorenzo River Habitat

Tannery Arts Center residents gathered on a beautiful Sunday in March to care for their neighbor, the San Lorenzo River. Youth and adults planted a mix of native plants on the banks of the San Lorenzo River. Among them were gumweed, blackberry, primrose,...

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CWC’s Big Move

CWC’s Big Move

The Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) is moving our office to the lower San Lorenzo River so that we can more easily care for the river on a daily basis, see what’s happening at the river from our desks and more easily host events that bring you to the river. CWC's...

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Community Science Matters

Community science is important. Learn why from CWC Executive Director Greg Pepping. You too can be a scientist by signing up for the 19th Annual Central Coast Snapshot Day on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

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Santa Cruz Warriors and Partners Team Up in River Restoration

Santa Cruz Warriors and Partners Team Up in River Restoration

On Saturday, March 17, volunteers from the Santa Cruz Warriors and Big Brothers Big Sisters worked together to plant over 400 plants along the San Lorenzo River. The crew of 80 river stewards included staff, players, coaches, season ticket holders and Big Brother Big...

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Coho Salmon: Rooting for a Comeback

Coho Salmon: Rooting for a Comeback

By: Katie Kobayashi PhD Student, UC Santa Cruz Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Talk to a long-time resident of the San Lorenzo Valley, and they might recall the days when Santa Cruz winters brought rain, a raging river and swarms...

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Willows: Stewards of the San Lorenzo River

Willows: Stewards of the San Lorenzo River

Willows are an essential component of river or marsh habitats. Thriving in saturated riparian soil, willows grow extensive root systems that stabilize river banks, by holding sediment and soil in place and protecting the bank during high flow events. Willows support water quality by preventing sediment from entering the stream …

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