Santa Barbara’s 13th Annual Creek Week took place September 15th – 23rd. Coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, County Project Clean Water, the City of Carpinteria, and the City of Goleta, Creek Week kicked off with the 28th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th.
On Coastal Cleanup Day, 847 community members participated in beach and creek clean-ups, collecting 1,970 lbs of trash and 622 lbs of recyclables throughout the County!
On September 20th, Creeks Division staff worked with Horny Toad Clothing, SB Channelkeeper, REI Clothing, and Santa Barbara Zoo employees to remove 73 lbs of trash and debris from East Beach.
Later in the day, the Creeks Division, Project Clean Water, City of Goleta, and City of Carpinteria hosted a presentation by Dr. Jared Ervin from UCSB on the ongoing Source Identification Protocol Project (SIPP) and Microbial Source Tracking research on Arroyo Burro Creek.
On September 21st, Creeks Division staff, along with representatives from the Environmental Defense Center and the SB County Wetlands Task Force, hosted a walk along Mission Creek to tour steelhead recovery projects.
Other events during the week-long celebration included various creek and beach clean-ups, project tours, bird walks, and a closing celebration at the Watershed Resource Center.
Next year's Creek Week will kick off on Saturday, September 21st - visit www.sbcreekweek.com and/or like the Creek Week Facebook page to stay informed!
Photo: Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara staff and volunteers remove a mattress and shopping cart from Old Mission Creek.