Looking Good Santa Barbara Clean-Up Scheduled for Saturday, October 15th

Join the City of Santa Barbara and hundreds of community volunteers for a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, October 15th from 9am – 12pm!


Volunteers will meet at Calvary Baptist Church at 736 W. Islay Street, then spread out through the neighborhood participating in litter pick-up, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more!


The Creeks Division will partner with the Museum of Natural History and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to lead a clean-up of Old Mission Creek at Bohnett Park, and storm drain marker replacement efforts throughout the neighborhood.


At noon, volunteers will meet up back at the church for lunch, a raffle with great prizes, and other fun activities and performances - all FREE!


For more information on the event, please contact Sarah Chaidez or call (805) 897-2526.

12th Annual Creek Week a Success!

Santa Barbara’s 12th Annual Creek Week took place September 17th – 25th. Coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, County Project Clean Water, the City of Carpinteria, the City of Goleta, and UCSB, Creek Week kicked off with the 27th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th.


Countywide, over 1,200 community members participated in beach and creek clean-ups, collecting 6,114 lbs of trash and 1,095 lbs of recyclables at 30 sites!


On September 20th, the Creeks Division hosted a presentation by local historian Neal Graffy about “The Search for Water” in early Santa Barbara. The presentation was filmed by City TV and will air on Channel 18, and will be archived online at www.sbcreeks.com. To be notified of the TV schedule and/or when the video is posted online, please email Liz Smith.


On September 21st, Creeks Division staff and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) led a Walking Wednesdays tour of Mission Creek restoration projects at the Tallant Road Bridge and the Upper Caltrans Channel (see photo above).


On September 22nd, an enthusiastic group of community volunteers including staff from Horny Toad Clothing removed invasive plants from the Mission Creek Lagoon at East Beach (see photo below).


Other events during the week-long celebration included various creek and beach clean-ups, tours of the Arroyo Hondo Preserve and the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, bird walks with the City of Goleta and City of Carpinteria, several restoration tours at UCSB, and a closing celebration with games and activities hosted by Art From Scrap at the Watershed Resource Center.


Visit www.sbcreekweek.com to view details about the events, and mark your calendar for September 15, 2012 – the start of next year’s Creek Week!

Sewage-Sniffing Dogs Take the Award!

On September 27th, the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) presented the Creeks Division with an Outstanding Stormwater Research Project Award for last year's Canine and Microbial Source Tracking Project.


The research project used the sensitive noses of trained dogs Sable and Logan to identify an important source of water pollution:  human sewage draining to storm drains.


The purpose of the project was to compare the canine responses to chemical and microbial indicator analyses, use canine scent tracking to trace a detected problem to an upstream source, use canine scent tracking to investigate potential recreational vehicle dumping to storm drains, and determine the feasibility of canine scent tracking for use in watershed reconnaissance studies.


The research indicated that canine scent tracking is an efficient, cost-effective tool that provides real time results. The City thanks its partners on the project, Environmental Canine Services and Dr. Patricia Holden at UCSB.


Click here to view an "Inside Santa Barbara" segment about the project produced by City TV.



Creeks Advisory Committee Recruitment

The City of Santa Barbara's Creeks Advisory Committee is looking for new members to fill four current vacancies.


The Committee meets monthly to assist and advise Creeks Division staff, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City Council on matters pertaining to the City’s creek restoration and water quality improvement programs. Committee members are appointed by Council, and terms last four years.


To view the application and learn more about applying to the Creeks Advisory Committee, please visit www.santabarbaraca.gov.


Applications are due Monday, October 17th by 5:30pm.

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses

Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local businesses taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality by becoming Certified Clean Water Businesses!



McConnell's Ice Cream

201 W. Mission Street

(805) 569-2323


South Coast Deli

10 E. Carrillo Street

(805) 845-4600


View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at www.sbcreeks.com.

Attainable Sustainable Landscape Seminar

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Join the Surfrider Foundation and G3 (Green Gardeners Group) for a workshop on creating your own sustainable garden.


Tuesday, October 25

8am - 5:30pm

Chase Palm Park Center

236 E. Cabrillo Blvd.


Participants will learn how to apply principles of water conservation, storm water pollution prevention, urban watershed restoration, soil stewardship, and native habitat creation.


The workshop, a $250 value, is being offered to Santa Barbara County residents for just $50! Organic breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.


For more information, and to register for the seminar, please visit www.greengardensgroup.com.

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