November 2006
November News & Events

Native Planting Day Nov. 4

This Saturday November 4, 10am-1pm
"Maintaining your Natives" Free Planting Workshop & Restoration Day
Stevens Park, 258 Canon Drive

Plant California natives and learn more about maintaining them at home with Daniel Wilson, of Wilson Environmental Landscape Design. Find out more about native plants including mulching, pruning, pest management and drip irrigation. Pizza is provided for volunteers.

For details call 897-2606 or visit

Directions: Stevens Parks is located at 258 Canon Drive. From Upper State Street, turn onto San Roque Road, turn left onto Calle Rosales, right on Carrizo to Canon Drive.

The San Roque Creek Stewardship Project is coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and is funded through a grant from Santa Barbara Beautiful and by hotel visitors through Measure B.

Learn more about Creek Stewardship Projects

Seen the New Creek Signs?

To raise awareness and promote appreciation of the creeks that run through�neighborhoods and under bridges�in Santa Barbara, the Creeks Division with assistance from the City's Streets Division, recently installed 17 signs along bridges passing over Arroyo Burro, Mission Creek and Sycamore Creek.

The Creek Signs which read, �Keep our creeks clean.Mission Creek flows to the ocean,�� can help people to identify�their�neighborhood creek and have a better sense of place within�a watershed.

Clean Creeks Certified Businesses

This month, the Creeks Division is�vamping up�the "Business Technical Assistance Program," which will focus this year on restaurants and automotive businesses. The goal of the program is to assist�local businesses�in implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect water quality. In return, the Creeks Division will certify the businesses that participate successfully as a "Clean Creeks Certified Business," and can help promote these businesses to the community through the local media. For more information about restaurant certification call Autumn McKee at 897-1910 or for automotive businesses, call Tim Burgess at 897-1912.

Learn More

Update: Water Quality Improvements

The Hope Avenue and Haley Street Storm Drain Diversions are now operating. These projects divert�urban runoff (as opposed to storm runoff) to the sewer system for treatment at El Estero. In addition, Westside Summer Urban Runoff Facility is in construction and nearly completed. The Westside SURF project will treat water from the Westside Storm Drain with ultraviolet light, removing harmful bacteria before it is discharged to Old Mission Creek at Bohnett Park. These projects will reduce contamination in Arroyo Burro, Mission Creek, Old Mission Creek, and the ocean.

Learn more about water quality projects

Creek Week Wrap-Up

October 7-15 marked 7th Annual Creek Week, an opportunity to celebrate, enjoy and protect local watersheds.� Volunteers removed trash from 4 creeks, planted over 165 native plants and monitored water quality. Participants attended events to learn more about local birds, beach warnings & bacteria, and plastics in the ocean. Thanks to all of the participants, volunteers, organizations and agencies�who helped to make Creek Week 2006 a success!

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