March 2007
March News & Events

Creeks Division Awarded Fish & Game Grant

The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division was�recently awarded a grant from the California Department of Fish and Game in the amount of $155,000 to construct a physical model of a portion of lower Mission Creek in order to test the feasibility of removing a portion of the concrete channel. The channel is currently a barrier to steelhead fish passage, blocking 88% of historical steelhead habitat upstream. The model�will assist in evaluation of the hydraulic performance of several�possible channel modifications which would allow for fish passage. Results from the model should be available in 2008.

Harding Students Plant Natives along Old Mission Creek

In February, students from Harding planted native plants along Old Mission Creek at Bohnett Park, while also learning about creek restoration and water quality. The educational day was organized collaboratively by the City Creeks Division and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, as part of their MERITO Academy which focuses on watershed and ocean issues through hands-on activities and fieldtrips.

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Native Trees Planted at Vernon Road

As part of the Community Creek Stewardship Program, non-native trees were recently removed from along Mission Creek near Vernon Road and 50 new trees, including Sycamore, Oak and Alder, were planted as part of an effort to restore that section of the creek. The Creeks Division is working with neighbors and residents to clean-up and restore� several creek sites including Sycamore Creek at Cacique and at Punta Gorda, Mission Creek at Vernon Road, and San Roque Creek at Stevens Park.

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Creeks Welcomes Liz Smith

The Creeks Division is happy to announce that Liz Smith has been hired as Creeks Administrative Specialist. Liz grew up in Northern California and moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB.� She worked most recently as Assistant Director at Arts Alive. Welcome Liz!


Fertilizer gets washed into storm drains which flow directly to creeks and the ocean. This causes algae to grow, using up oxygen that fish need to survive. If you fertilize, please follow directions and use sparingly.

More on Fertilizers & Pesticides

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