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The Coastal Watershed Council works with the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department to help eliminate trash entering the lower San Lorenzo River. CWC works with neighbors along the lower San Lorenzo River and with youth through CWC’s Watershed Rangers program to inspire action for cleaner water. Over the past couple of years, CWC has partnered with the City and river neighbors to lead public education campaigns, teach stormwater education in the K-8th grade classrooms, install storm drain murals and co-host neighborhood cleanups.

Reducing Trash

And there’s been some great progress to date! In 2021, 78% of the City of Santa Cruz is categorized as a “low” level of trash and litter, compared to 68% of the city in 2018. This data is gathered through the Department of Public Works’ annual trash assessments. Using a tool developed by Santa Cruz-based environmental tech firm 2NDNATURE, city streets, gutters and sidewalks are visually inspected and then ranked as “low”, “moderate”, “high” or “very high” in the amount of trash and litter observed.

statewide trash provisions

trash measures 2018 2021

We all have a part to play in keeping our streets and storm drains clean and clear so that we can reach the ultimate goal of 100% “low” trash levels in the City of Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for actions you can take on your own or with your family and friends:

And remember, pollution prevention can be easy–most of the time it only takes making small changes in the way you do things around the house and in your yard!


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