Enhancing Habitat

You can help improve San Lorenzo River habitat at River Health Days!

Are you interested in improving San Lorenzo River habitat to help native species of bugs, birds, fish and plants thrive? Then sign up today for a River Health Day! At these monthly events, you help remove invasive plants like cape ivy and ice plant and reintroduce native species such as mugwort, willows, blackberry and monkey flower. By revegetating the river bank, volunteers like you slow the spread of invasive plants along the 2.5-mile-long Santa Cruz Riverwalk and cultivate plants that provide bank stability, food, shade and shelter for birds, insects and wildlife. At the end of each River Health Day, you can look back on the habitat you helped, the people you connected with and know that you made a difference in your community.

 

Sign up for a River Health Day and help San Lorenzo River habitat thrive!

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Learn More About Native Plants of the Lower San Lorenzo River

Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)

Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons 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. Mugwort...

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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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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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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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Recent habitat enhancement news:

River-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening

River-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening

Photo Credit: Matt Pfieffer Did you know that you can help the San Lorenzo River right from your own home or garden? Learn some tips and best practices, as we summarize some of the lessons learned from Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping and River-Friendly Landscaping...

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Can We Dig It? Yes We Can!

Can We Dig It? Yes We Can!

CWC’s Habitat Enhancement Site would be just a sliver of what it is today without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, including Watershed Rangers students! Get an update on how local 4th and 5th graders are transofrming the San Lorenzo River in partnership with Santa Cruz City Schools.

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Seeking Weekday River Restoration Volunteers

Seeking Weekday River Restoration Volunteers

The Coastal Watershed Council has recently turned more of its attention to our restoration site with the hiring of me, Kaiya, your friendly neighborhood River Ecologist. And we need your help! We are asking volunteers like you to lend a helping hand to our restoration...

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The River Health Day Program is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Schwemm Family Foundation

Central Coast Wilds & Ecological Concerns, Inc.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Employee Conservation Action Fund

Western Digital

Omega Nu of Santa Cruz