A snapping turtle with a girdle of plastic.

"Synthetic Sea" FREE Community Forum on June 15th

Last summer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation sailed a JUNKraft made of 15,000 plastic bottles from Long Beach to Hawaii to raise awareness of plastic marine debris polluting our oceans. Now Dr. Eriksen and Anna Cummins are on a 2,000 mile JUNKride from Vancouver to Tijuana, with a stop in Santa Barbara planned for Monday, June 15th

Join us at this FREE Community Forum sponsored by the City Creeks Division and County Project Clean Water, and learn more about Algalita's quest to end the age of disposable plastics.
 
Learn how to get involved locally with organizations including SB Channelkeeper, Art From Scrap, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Futures Society, Healing Oceans Together, and more.
 
Monday, June 15th, 6:30-8:00pm
Cabrillo Pavilion, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
Click here to view the flyer.
Call 897-2606 or email Liz Smith for more information.

Adams Elementary students explore the bioswale site.

Adams School Bioswale Update

In 2008, the Creeks Division received funding from the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project to design and construct a bioswale at Adams Elementary School.  This May, Creeks Division staff, local poet and educator Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, and Osiris Castaneda of Youth CineMedia visited Adams Elementary and explored the future bioswale site with 10 classes of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.
 
In all, over 200 students explored the bioswale site, took a pop quiz, captured “before” photographs and video footage, observed wildlife and drew sketches of the area, learned more about the upcoming restoration project, and learned that their school is in the Arroyo Burro Watershed. How would you score on the quiz the students took? Give it a try here!
 
The Adams School bioswale, a part of the larger Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration and Storm Water Management Project, will be replanted with native vegetation by students when they return to school in the fall, and will include lessons on habitat, storm water pollution prevention, and watersheds. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
 
Congratulations are in Order!
In June 2009 Adams Elementary School was notified that they have been selected to participate in the “s’Cool Gardens: Cultivating the Future” program, a partnership of the Orfalea Fund and the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. The s’Cool Gardens program will install an edible garden near the bioswale site on the Adams School campus as part of their larger goal to educate and engage children and families in healthy food practices. Learn more about s’Cool Food here.

For more information about the Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration Project and Storm Water Management Program, including the Adams School Bioswale, call 560-7576 or email George Thomson.

Looking Good Sycamore Creek!

On Saturday, May 30, as part of the Eastside Community Cleanup organized by Looking Good Santa Barbara, Creeks Division staff along with 15 volunteers planted 72 native plants along Sycamore Creek near Punta Gorda, Liberty, and Soledad Streets. Volunteers also pulled a whole dumpster’s worth of weeds and collected a large pile of trash.
 
Over three hours, a total of 450 volunteers cleaned up 56 blocks on the Eastside, collected 7.87 tons of trash, 2.63 tons of green waste, 1,500 pounds of electronic waste, removed hundreds of graffiti tags, distributed 1,000 educational door hangers, and repainted two bridges!

For future volunteer opportunities, call 897-2606 or email Liz Smith.

Restoration of Mission Creek at Oak Park. Above: SBHS Students in April 2009. Below: Horny Toad Activewear employees in October 2008.

Planting Day at Oak Park a Success

Thank you to Krista Finlay’s class at Santa Barbara High School and community members who came to Mission Creek at Oak Park on Friday, April 10. Over 30 students and community members planted 126 native plants!

This effort complements the restoration on the opposite creek bank by local clothing company Horny Toad Activewear in October 2008.  Creeks Division sponsored restoration days are a great way to improve our community while also benefiting water quality and wildlife habitat. 

To inquire about volunteer opportunities for your business, school, or organization, call 897-2606 or email Liz Smith.

Making a "Splash" at Summer Solstice

Be sure to stop by the Creeks Division’s table at the Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday, June 20th at Alameda Park. This year’s theme is “Splash” and Creeks staff will be on hand to provide information on keeping our creeks and ocean clean!

NEW Creek Tree Program
Do you live or work near a creek? The Creeks Division wants to help you help the creek! The new Creek Tree Program provides and installs FREE trees for your creekside property, up to $1,000 in value!
 
Want to go even bigger? For projects up to $5,000 the Creeks Division covers the first $1,000 plus 75% of the remainder!
Visit our website or email George Johnson for more information.
NEW Business Assistance Program
The Creeks Division is offering a new Business Assistance Program as part of our Clean Water Certified Business Program. Restaurants, construction contractors, automotive service businesses, and mobile cleaners are eligible to participate and receive up to $1,000 worth of products to help them become certified Clean Creeks businesses.
 
The goal of the program is to help businesses comply with changing water quality regulations and to protect and improve creek and ocean water quality.
Visit our website or email Autumn Malanca for more information.
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