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.

 

 
Over the last year, volunteers like you removed 2,808 square feet of highly invasive ice plant and Himalayan Blackberry and replaced them with 2,045 native plants comprising 20 diverse species that have been growing, blooming and establishing themselves on the banks of the San Lorenzo River. Each of these native plants has helped pollinators, birds and the entire San Lorenzo River ecosystem thrive.

 

 
During the first one to three dry seasons after planting, native plants need some additional support to extend their roots deep into the soil, to blossom and seed, and to become self-sustaining. That’s where you come in! If you are interested in spending 1-2 hours per week supporting these native plants by watering and weeding, please sign up below. Just an hour each week can make a big difference for the longevity of this important ecosystem.

What to Expect Volunteering with CWC During COVID-19 Pandemic:

CWC recognizes that public, outdoor spaces like the Santa Cruz Riverwalk are an important resource for mental and physical health and critical habitat for special status species. In following all public health guidelines to protect the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff, CWC will abide by the following protocol for its staff and volunteers. CWC will continue to monitor and update these recommendations as new guidelines are issued. Highlights of our full protocol are outlined below.

  • Stay home if you’re feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms. All volunteers will be required to conduct a health screening prior to volunteering. You should also stay home if you know or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Keep your distance. Volunteers and staff will keep a minimum of 6’ of distance between each other before beginning river restoration work. When we start working, we will all maintain at least 10’ of distance during physical exertion.
  • Bring your own protective gear. Please bring a mask that covers your mouth and nose and gloves. Bring your own food and water. To ensure the safety of our volunteers, we will not be providing any food or beverages at our events. In the event that you do not have a mask, one can be provided to you.
  • Sanitize frequently! CWC will provide hand sanitizer to all volunteers.
  • Minimized group sizes. We will not have more than 5 people, including staff and volunteers, together at a time.

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