Volunteers plant native plants at Mission Creek in Oak Park.

Looking Good Santa Barbara!

Mark your calendar for the annual Looking Good Santa Barbara Community Clean-Up on Saturday, May 15th, 9am - 12pm. Volunteers will meet at Eastside Park (at Yanonali and Soledad Streets), and participate in graffiti removal, tree planting, and many other activities to improve the neighborhood.
The Creeks Division will partner with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to conduct a creek clean-up in Sycamore Creek. Native plants will be planted at a creek restoration site, and volunteers will help clean and replace storm drain markers throughout the neighbhorhood.
The City's Environmental Services Division will also be holding a free E-Waste collection event at the park, so bring your old televisions, computers, radios, extension cords, and cell phones to dispose of them properly and keep dangerous materials out of the landfill.
Lunch and festivities will follow the clean-up, and participants are encouraged to stick around for an afternoon of fun! For more information, visit www.santabarbaraca.gov or contact Lorraine Cruz-Carpenter.

New Zealand Mudsnail shells surround a dime.

Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Threaten Native Wildlife

The invasive New Zealand Mudsnail has invaded estuaries, lakes, rivers, and streams in California, Washington, Oregon, and many other states. The tiny snails crowd out native aquatic insects that provide food for native creek animals, including endangered species.
New Zealand Mudsnails have no known predators, and reproduce by cloning themselves. A single mudsnail can result in a colony of more than 40 million in one year!
While they have been found in creeks in the nearby Ventura and Santa Monica Mountains, the mudsnails have not yet been found in Santa Barbara.
You can help keep Mudsnails out of Santa Barbara! If you swim, hike, fish, bike, or monitor water quality in Ventura, learn more about what areas are infested, and take steps to ensure you are not helping spread these aquatic hitchhikers to new areas.

Spotlight on Pyrethroid Pesticides

In 2009 the Creeks Division completed a third round of annual sediment testing in Arroyo Burro Estuary, Mission Lagoon, Laguna Channel, Sycamore Lagoon and the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. Results showed that the sediments had low concentration of most pollutants and were not toxic to test organisms. 
However, the Creeks Division is very concerned that the pesticide bifenthrin was found in sediments from every site except Sycamore Lagoon.  Bifenthrin is a pyrethroid pesticide, used against termites, ants, fleas, flies, and garden pests. Commercial names, which may be listed as ingredients of consumer products, include Bolsar, Talstar and Bifen. Pyrethroids have been gaining in popularity since other pesticides were banned for use by homeowners in California.
Pyrethroids are highly toxic to aquatic insects and other invertebrates, which form the base of the food chain for stream ecosystems.  If we are finding bifenthrin in sediments at concentrations high enough to potentially cause toxicity, it means runoff from urban areas likely contains toxic concentrations as well. 
Remember, any compound that will get rid of annoying insects and pesky pests may also be toxic to stream critters and other animals! 
  • Use pesticides very sparingly, if at all.
  • Take measures to ensure that the products do not run off to our gutters, storm drains, and creeks. 
  • Do not use pesticides if rain is in the forecast.
  • Visit Our Water Our World to find less toxic garden products and pesticide alternatives.
The Creeks Division will expand testing for bifenthrin and other emerging pesticdes in the coming year. For more information on the Creeks Division's water quality monitoring program, please visit www.sbcreeks.com or contact Jill Murray.

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Business
Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following business taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality by becoming a Certified Clean Water Business!
Blue Agave
View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at www.sbcreeks.com.
Committee members tour the Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration Project.
Creeks Advisory Committee Recruitment
The Creeks Advisory Committee is looking for new members to fill three current vacancies.
The Committee meets monthly to assist and advise Creeks Division staff, the Park 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. 
SWMP Year 1 Annual Report Submitted
The Creeks Division submitted the City's Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) 2009 Annual Report to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 1st. The SWMP is a citywide, interdepartmental program that is coordinated and administered by the Creeks Division.
The SWMP was prepared and is implemented by a team of City staff from various departments.  Preparation of the program began in 2003, and in January 2009 the SWMP was approved by the Water Board.  This approval kicked off “Year 1” of formal City SWMP implementation and annual reporting.
To learn more or to view the SWMP, please visit
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