February 2007
February News & Events

Arroyo Burro Celebration

Neighbors and�officials�celebrated the opening of the Arroyo Burro Estuary & Mesa Creek Restoration Project at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 17, 2007. The site is now open to the public, including new trails and a footbridge connecting Arroyo Burro Beach with the Douglas Family Preserve. With the recent rain, the restored Mesa Creek is steadily flowing into the newly expanded estuary.��

To protect newly planted native plants, �please stay on the designated paths.

Learn More & View Construction Photos

Clean Water Certified Restaurants

The Creeks Division is moving forward with the Clean Water Business Certification Program, an innovative program focusing on businesses that have the potential to contribute to storm water pollution. The goal is to raise awareness of water quality issues and achieve voluntary compliance with clean water regulations. The current program focuses on restaurants and automotive businesses and will expand to include construction contractors and mobile cleaners.

Spotlight on Restaurants~
The main focus is to inform restaurant owners and staff that many common restaurant practices can cause water pollution. Pollutants of concern include food, oil and grease, soaps, detergents, solvents, cleansers, trash and litter.The program focuses on best management practices (BMPs) that can reduce and eliminate the discharge of these pollutants into streets and storm drains.

The Creeks Division would like to congratulate the following Clean Water Certified Restaurants: Aldos, Super Cucas (Micheltorena), Shoreline Beach Cafe, Le Bon Caf�, Arigato, California Pizza Kitchen, Garrett's Whale Tail Deli, Mondial, Left�at Albuquerque, Elements, Caf� Buenos Aires,�and State�& A. To learn more contact Autumn McKee at 897-1912 or�e-mail AMckee@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Learn More about the Clean Water Business Program

Clean Water Auto Businesses

The Creeks Division has also been working closely with automotive businesses, providing education to managers and employees regarding common�repair practices that can�pollute creeks and the ocean, and offering technical assistance and best management practices.��The Creeks Division�would like to�congratulate the following Clean Water Certified Auto Businesses: Ayers Automotive Repairs, Blanquette Automotive, Bowman�s Auto Repair, Clark Motors Inc., Lara Auto Repairs, Muller & Goss, Powell Garage, Schneider Authohaus, Smog It, and Swedemasters. To learn more contact Tim Burgess at 897-1910 or e-mail TBurgess@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Learn More about Clean Water Certification

Cesar Chavez Students at Sycamore Creek

In January, 60 students from Cesar Chavez volunteered along Sycamore Creek, planting native plants, weeding and watering,�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.

Are You Leaking?

If your car has a leak, get it fixed. Leaks cost you money and pollute our creeks and ocean.

Visit sbcreeks.com to learn more

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