San Lorenzo River Alliance

Meet the organizations committed to improving the San Lorenzo River.

CWC is happy to work in partnership with these San Lorenzo River Alliance members:

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Arts Council Santa Cruz County

The Arts Council participates in the River Oversight Committee and was the lead host of the Ebb & Flow River Arts Project along the San Lorenzo River in 2015 and again in 2016. Through Ebb & Flow, the Arts Council built relationships and energized the use of the river by creating a temporary River Art Walk and permanent public sculpture along the San Lorenzo River. Learn more about the Arts Council Santa Cruz County at artscouncilsc.org

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County of Santa Cruz

By the direction of the County Board of Supervisors, County of Santa Cruz staff participate in the River Oversight Committee, as well as the Water Quality Working Group. County staff co-lead the Fish & Wildlife Habitat Working Group. Various County departments are responsible for river and watershed management related to water quality, habitat, infrastructure, parks, recreation, flood control, economic development and public safety.Learn more about the County of Santa Cruz at co.santa-cruz.ca.us.

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Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

The Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce sits on the River Oversight Committee. The Chamber works within the Santa Cruz community bringing together businesses, workers, residents, organizations, citizens, and local governments to promote economic vitality and prosperity in Santa Cruz County and along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk.Learn more about the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce at santacruzchamber.org.

Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores (SOS) participates in the Community Engagement Working Group. SOS coordinates river clean ups and has identified the San Lorenzo River as one ‘hot spot’ location that demonstrated the greatest need for outreach and cleanup efforts, according to data and community input. SOS hosts many river clean ups each year and removes thousands of pounds of trash from our waterways, preventing them from reaching the Monterey Bay. Learn more at saveourshores.org.

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City of Santa Cruz

By the direction of City Council, City Manager’s Office staff participate in the River Oversight Committee, as well as the Water Quality Working Group as part of the City’s efforts to implement permits from the Regional Board. Various city departments under the direction of the City Manager’s office are directly responsible for river and watershed management related to drinking water supply, water quality, habitat, infrastructure, parks, recreation, flood control, economic development, public art and public safety.Learn more about the City of Santa Cruz at cityofsantacruz.com.

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Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Regional Board staff participate in the Water Quality Working Group. The Board develops and enforces water quality objectives and implementing plans that will best protect the San Lorenzo River’s waters. Having Regional Board staff at the table offers the chance to foster creative dialogue about solutions amongst regulators and the municipalities. Learn more at waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast.

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Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) participates in the Community Engagement Working Group. The MAH inspires people to look at the San Lorenzo River differently by bringing people together around art and history through dynamic exhibitions, events, partnerships, and programs. Learn more at santacruzmah.org.

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Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider participates in the Water Quality Working Group. Surfrider enhances the quality of surfriding environments and public access to such areas including the San Lorenzo River mouth and nearby beaches. Learn more at santacruz.surfrider.org.

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Coastal Watershed Council

The Coastal Watershed Council co-founded the San Lorenzo River Alliance in December 2013. CWC leads the River Oversight Committee as well as the Water Quality, Recreational Access and Community Engagement Working Groups. CWC coordinates Alliance activities and protects and preserves a healthy San Lorenzo River watershed connected to a vibrant community. Learn more about the Coastal Watershed Council at coastal-watershed.org.

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Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

The Executive Director of the RCD sits on the River Oversight Committee. The RCD facilitates stewardship projects in the San Lorenzo River watershed to address water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem health, and water quantity on private and public lands through technical assistance, outreach, education and project implementation. Learn more about the Resource Conservation District at rcdsantacruz.org.

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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History participates in the River Oversight Committee and the Community Engagement Working Group. The museum offers classes, lectures, field trips, docent programs, exhibitions and events on a variety of natural history topics about the San Lorenzo River watershed.Learn more about the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Museum at santacruzmuseum.org.

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Valley Women’s Club of San Lorenzo Valley

The Valley Women’s Club co-leads the Fish & Wildlife Working Group and participates in the River Oversight Committee and the Community Engagement Working Group. The Women’s Club’s environmental committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling and non-point source pollution.Learn more about the Valley Women’s Club at valleywomensclub.org.